KAA (The Kenya Airports Authority) is planning to upgrade the runway at the Malindi Airport in Kilifi County, increase its length from the current 1.4 kilometres to 2.4 kilometres.
The move seeks to enable the airport to accommodate larger planes and handle direct international flights. This is also in the backdrop of an increased number of people using the airport. Data from the Authority shows the number of passengers using the airport nearly doubled between 2014 and 2019, growing to 181, 000 in 2019 from about 79, 000 in 2014.
Kilifi County has significant tourist attractions and has been a popular destination for European, mainly Italian tourists.
The initial phase of the airport’s expansion covered the expansion of the airport’s apron, construction of a car park and a 7.5-kilometre security fence.