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Boost for tourism as Mara airstrip set for KSh300m upgrade

In Summary

  • KAA has spent KSh10bn on improving air connectivity.
  • The game reserve is world famous and a major earner of tourism dollars.

Maasai Mara game reserve has received a major boost after the government launched upgrading of Angama airstrip to International Airport.

This in a bid to directly connect foreign tourists to the world-famous game reserve.

The rehabilitation is expected to be carried out in three phases to achieve full transformation. Its first phase will cost KSh278 million.

Transport PS Kitunguu said the first phase which will take 12 months will entail repair of the existing 1,260 meters long runway and expansion of the width from 18 meters to 25 meters to facilitate code C aircraft operations. Fencing will also be done to boost security.

Airstrip’s Phase Two

In the second phase, the runway will be expanded from 1,260 meters to 2,500 meters long and the width expanded from 23 meters to 30 meters. A VIP lounge construction will also be set up.

A 3,300 meters long, 45-meter wide runway will be built during the third phase.

Maasai Mara game reserve has 11 airstrips in the entire ecosystem.

Tourism PS Sabina Kweke said the new airport will connect international tourists to the game reserve as it will boost accessibility and most comfortable option for tourists.

She reiterated that the government had demonstrated its focus in improving infrastructure in the country. “The Ministry of Tourism and Transport are working together to promote tourism in the country,” Kweke added.

Country’s Air Connectivity

Kenya Airports Authority MD Alex Gitari said in the last two years, his department has used over KSh10 billion to improve air connectivity in the country.

He cited some of the ongoing works in Migori, Kakamega, Nanyuki and Lamu saying they are expected to boost connectivity in the country.

Narok Governor Samuel Tunai thanked the government for the project saying before visitors connecting to the Serengeti National park in the neighbouring country Tanzania had to travel to Nairobi to get a plane to Tanzania.

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