Kenya has welcomed a new international airport following the commissioning of the Isiolo International Airport by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“This airport is a catalyst to economic development that will come with the expansion of tourism and creation of quality job opportunities,” the President said.
A key plank of the Lamu Port-South Sudan- Ethiopia- Transport (LAPSSET), the airport is strategically located for miraa, beef and fresh produce exports from Kenya’s Lower Eastern region.
Located in Isiolo County, the Isiolo International Airport has half of its 1.4km long halfway extending to Meru County. Its 150m by 75m long and 23m wide apron can handle six Code ‘C’ aircraft.
Its passenger terminal building has a floor area of 5,000 square metres, a capacity of 125, 000 passengers annually and a 200-car passenger car park.
The airport’s terminal building amenities include nine domestic and international check-in counters, a VIP lounge, restaurants, duty-free shops, banking facilities, forex bureaus, airline front offices, and shops.
The Isiolo International Airport is expected to increase tourist numbers and boost the economy by opening up the Northern tourism belt which boasts eco-tourism, rich cultural heritage, national reserves, private ranches, wildlife conservancies and an anticipated resort city among its attractions.