AIRPORTSLamu, Isiolo and Turkana

International Airports: one each at Lamu, Isiolo, and Lake Turkana; as well as an intermediary airport in Lamu

Cost Estimate

  • Lamu International Airport – US$ 188 Million
  • Isiolo International Airport – US$ 175 Million
  • Turkana International Airport – US$ 143 Million

Economic Evaluation

  • Airport at Lamu has an EIRR of 20.7%, which indicates economic viability.
  • Airports at Isiolo and Turkana, however, need rehabilitation and maintenance of the existing airports. The maximum allowable costs are assessed to maintain the cut-off EIRR of 12%,

Financing Plan

  1. In consideration of public nature of an international airport, the basic civil facilities should be constructed, owned, and maintained by the Government of Kenya.
  2. The passenger and cargo terminals are better to be constructed, owned and operated by qualified private entities under the PPP Framework.

Current Status

  1. The Government of Kenya commissioned the refurbished Isiolo International Airport in July 2017. The airport has been rehabilitated to international standards to serve a number of airlines and air operators with domestic and international flights.
  2. The terminal building and admin block is complete and ready for full scale operations. With a passenger handling capacity of 125,000 passengers a year, it has been built to accommodate more tourists and local residents.
  3. The government has also planned to extend Isiolo Airport runway from 1.4km to 2.5km to attract larger planes.
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