SECOND RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION COMES CLOSER AS AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK LINES UP MAJOR LOAN
(Posted 06th October 2017)
The launch of construction of the second runway at East Africa’ largest aviation hub, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, has come closer after it was learned that the African Development Bank has lined up a 19.5 billion Kenya Shillings loan, due to be approved by the bank’s board before the end of the year.
While the overall cost of the second runway – a retained part of the shelved project Greenfield to expand JKIA – is estimated to be close to 40 billion Kenya Shillings will the loan once disbursed get the project underway.
The new runway will be 4.8 kilometres long and 75 metres wide, allowing for the landing of such giant aircraft like the #Airbus #A380, compared to a width of just 60 metres of the present runway.
With utilisation creeping up towards the 90 percent margin of the present runway is a second runway vital for further expansion of air traffic in and out of Nairobi The he aviation industry has for years demanded a second runway as the airport is closed every time an incident takes place, wrecking schedules and travel arrangements besides the massive cost for affected airlines which have to redirect aircraft to nearby airports.