Kenya’s third largest airport has continued to see strong growth in passenger numbers over the past year.
The airport underwent $40 million renovations in 2010 that saw its runway extended from 2km to 3.3km to handle larger aircraft such as the Boeing 767s, Airbus A310 and the A300. The 2010 extension also saw the upgrade of the airport apron area and the building of a new and larger passenger terminal.
The launch of the newly renovated runway saw the passenger numbers double within a span of 2 years from 200,000 per year in 2013 to 400,000 in 2015. The strong growth in passenger numbers in Kenya’s third largest city have been attributed to the strong expansion in Kenya’s middle class that has powered the rapid growth in the city.
Although the airport is yet to handle international flights, it is already well equipped with immigration counters to handle future international flights.
For the year 2016 and 2017, the passenger numbers are expected to have grown to more than 500,000 although the airport is yet to release the official figures. Many of the domestic carriers serving the airport such as Jambojet have already increased their flight frequencies to the city. Jambojet currently offers 20 flights per week to the city.