The Kenya Airways Authority (KAA) has set up a planned infrastructural upgrade of Migori Airstrip also known as Lichota Airstrip.
While making the pronouncement during a visit to the facility in the company of security officers and KAA staffs, KAA Western region manager Ms. Selina Gor revealed that the Ksh. 243 million facelift will take exactly one year.
Ms. Gor also revealed that the agency had settled on a contractor who is set to move into the site in the next week.
She added that the facelift will include an extension of the current 1.1km runway to 1.2km as well as tarmacking to the international standards.
“Within this phase, we are also going to construct a modern apron, a taxing way, a terminal building, and all that goes with it,” she revealed.
While admitting that the facility had been identified as a key enabler in transforming the region’s economy, she said that the intention of the facelift is to accommodate larger plains. According to Gor, Migori Airstrip is strategically developed to target tourists heading to destinations like Serengeti Game Park, archeological Thim Lich Ohinga as well as the popular Maasai Mara National Park.
“With an increase in tourist passengers in the area, local hospitality facilities will enjoy a revamped business hence the scaled-up economy of the region,” added Migori County Commissioner Joseph Rotich who was part of the delegation.
Lichota Airstrip is located near Migori town and serves as a strategic linkage between Kenya and Tanzania. The cosmopolitan nature of the county gives the facility leverage to make economical contribution in the region.