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Relief as Kitale airstrip gears for expansion

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has handed over a contract document to ASAL Engineering and Consult Company to see through the expected construction of a 2.2 km long run way and an administration block at the Kitale airstrip.
Speaking during the handing over of the contract document at Kitale Airstrip Friday , KAA Regional manager Walter Agong said that the construction set to start this month is going to take 10 months contrary of the expected 18 months to allow the airstrip get back to its routine early enough.
“The construction according to the contractual document is to take 188 months but we will take 10 months to ensure that the airstrip gets back to its normal activities as soon as possible,” he said.
He added that the construction was going to be done in two phases at a cost of Sh221 million.
“The construction will be done in two phases, phase one being the construction of a standard 2.2km run way then the second phase will be the construction of an administration block that will consist of a VIP lounge,” he said.
During the handing over of the documents Devolution Eugene Wamalwa said that the renovation was going to boost flight operation within the county and the region at large.
“When the construction is done, the business and transport sector will see a new perspective that will boost the county’s economy,” Wamalwa said.
Chair of Council of Governors Mr. Wycliffe Oparanya and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong were present during the handing over of the document.
By Ngeywa Mosobin

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