The Isiolo International Airport is the latest offering on the altar of the Vision 2030 development blueprint for the arid areas of the Northern parts of Kenya.
President Mwai Kibaki will commission the complete first projects of the larger airport expansion program this Friday, in a move that will set the stage for the development of several resort towns in tandem with the Vision 2030 program for the Kenyan North, Isiolo being one of them.
The ceremony will be happening after the culmination of the upgrading works on the existing airport’s 1.4-kilometer runway, together with accessory amenities and infrastructural appendages. These include dual taxi lanes, a patrol road, and safety structures.
The Isiolo Plan
Isiolo has an existing airstrip that has been the landing destination for tourists who come to the nearby Shaba National Reserve and Samburu National Reserve, and is now under upgrading to realize its potential as an air facility vaunting world-class facilities.
The entire budget for the scheme is KSh900m though KSh700m has already gone into the preliminary expansion program that His Excellency will be commissioning on the upcoming occasion.
On the list:
*1 apron that can handle 9 crafts
*A passenger terminal for 125 000 passengers yearly.
*Runway of 2.5km diameter.
The current works will see the expansion of the passenger terminal vaunting 4500 meters-square, in dimensions, with a booth for 125,000 travelers, on a yearly basis. The runway itself will run for 2.5km in comparison with the existing 1.4km length. The apron, ready for commissioning, will have room for 9 crafts.
In the program, too, are hangar installations and a facility for metrological surveillance, besides a control tower.
The airport will spur the development agenda of a perennially drought-stricken region that also enjoys wildlife sights that are a boon to the economy of the country. It will also enhance the economic agenda of the local region with its hidden riches.