New runway planned for Jomo Kenyatta International

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) is set to approve US $189.2m loan for the construction of a new US $358m runway at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi by the end of this year, with construction due to start in June 2018.

According to the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) the project will ultimately reduce mishaps on the path as it will nearly double the aircraft movement from 25 to 45 aircrafts per hour. The current JKIA’s traffic capacity is at 89%, and it is therefore necessary to expand its capacity as soon as possible.

Besides, providing financial support for the runway, the bank is also responsible for the runway design. The 4.8km long and 75m wide project is a significant improvement from the current runway that has a length of 4.2km and 60m wide.

“The runway will be an upgrade of the existing one (which was built in the 1970s). This will be a category two runway that conforms to international standards,” said the KAA.

Furthermore, according to KAA, the technology of the proposed facility will meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) category II specifications. Moreover the technology will also enable operations in bad weather thus avoiding diversion of aircraft.

Nonetheless, the project is an ICAO code F runway which can handle the new generation extra wide bodied aircrafts such as Airbus A380 and Boeing B747-800.