Airport to be built for leading tourism zone

Tuesday September 27 2011

By JACKLINE MORAA and EDWIN NYARANGI [email protected]

The government plans to construct an international airport in Trans Mara West District.

The airport, to be built at Olo-Ntare, will serve South Nyanza and South Rift regions.

A high-powered team from the Transport ministry, led by assistant minister Simon Ogari, carried out an initial assessment of the site on Monday.

Inspected the site

The site was decided on after the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) condemned an earlier one at Nyangusu.

Transport permanent secretary Cyrus Njiru, area MP Gideon Konchellah, KAA managing director Stephen Gichuki and a technical team from Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) inspected the site.

Dr Njiru said that KCAA had approved the site as suitable for the airport.

He said a team of surveyors would visit the area next week to assess the amount of land required.

“The civil aviation team has already assessed the type of soil, the wind direction and the physical features and have found everything to be conducive,” said the permanent secretary.

The airport would serve six counties — Migori, Homa Bay, Narok, Bomet, Nyamira and Kisii.

He said his ministry would prioritise the Olo-Ntare airport project, which would open up the region for tourism and trade.

“The road network in the region would also be improved,” Mr Ogari said.

Boosting tourism

Mr Konchellah said that apart from boosting tourism, farmers would easily access foreign markets for their produce.

Mr Ogari said the 24 MPs from the region would next week meet to help raise funds for the relocation of Olo-Ntare Primary School, which sits on part of the proposed site.

At the same time, he said that his ministry planned to build an airstrip in each of the country’s 47 counties.