Kenya: Kisumu International Airport undergoes more upgrade work

18 April 2012

The upgrade work currently being undertaken at Kisumu International Airport in Kenya has reached its second phase, officials have confirmed.

Joseph Okumu, the manager of the airport, explained that the work would taken 15 months to complete, but would ultimately improve the facility, the Star has reported.

Phase one of the project was completed in early February, at a cost of Sh 3 billion (£22.5 million). The second phase, meanwhile, is set to cost Sh 1.9 billion.

The overarching purpose of the second phase is to increase Kisumu's capacity, as well as to improve the state of the runways.

"This will see the airport accommodate bigger aircraft and over 300,000 passengers per year," explained Mugo Kibati, the chief executive of Vision 2030, a long-term development plan for Kenya.

Last month, officials in Kenya confirmed that the country had struck an agreement with Ethiopia to stimulate and simplify trade in electricity between the two nations. 

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