The Ministry of Transport is looking spend KSh151 million in the upgrading of four county airstrips, seeking to boost tourism by meeting the rising demand for domestic air travel.
The plan targets rehabilitation of Suneka, Sagana, Sironga and Gombe Airstrips in the new financial year.
The upgrades are meant to allow the aforementioned airstrips to accommodate larger aircraft as local airlines expand to new routes as demand for air travel picks following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Ministry will spend KSh20 million on the Suneka airstrip in Kisii County, KSh50 million on the Sagana airstrip in Nyeri County, KSh31million on Sironga Airstrip in Nyamira County, and KSh50 million on Gombe airstrip in Siaya County.
Elsewhere, Kisumu International Airport is undergoing a major upgrade, including construction of a mezzanine floor in the passenger terminal to increase its capacity. They will also extend the existing passenger terminal building to provide an additional boarding gate area and arrivals hall and a landslide vehicle grade parking.