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

Isiolo Airport

Isiolo Airport is built on a 329.7ha site on the border of Isiolo County and Meru County. Situated in the northern part of Kenya, Isiolo Airport is part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) corridor development project, as well as Kenya’s Vision 2030 program.

With a passenger handling capacity of 125,000 passengers a year, the new terminal building has been built to accommodate more tourists and local residents.

Development of the Isiolo airport was carried out in three phases. Construction on phase one began in 2011 and the airport runway was opened in February 2013 with an estimated investment of KES1.7bn. Thereafter phase two commenced, entailing the construction of a car parking area, administration office, support facilities and a new passenger terminal building to international standards. This construction was completed in 2016. Phase three saw the construction of an apron and access roads were built as Design and features of Isiolo International Airport

With a floor area of approximately 5,000m², Isiolo Airport’s passenger terminal building provides interconnectivity and efficient movement between parking areas and terminal facilities. The terminal has the capacity to handle approximately 700 passengers an hour.

Nine check-in counters are available for domestic and international flights. The terminal building also features a VIP lounge, shops, banking and ATM facilities, foreign exchange bureaus, and airline front offices.

The international airport also features a 2km-long access road, 1,025m² of office space, a control tower, air ambulance services, a cargo unit, a new 150m apron and a waste treatment plant and runways for domestic and international flights.

The airport was completed and commissioned for operations in July 2017. The Government of Kenya through the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is planning to strengthen and lengthen the runways to at least 2.8 km to meet the stipulated International Standards. Other planned developments are construction of Freight Cargo shade, acquisition of land for expansion of the airport buffer zone, Passenger Terminal Building expansion, parking and security enhancement.

As part of the modernization plans for the airport, the 16/34 runway was expanded from 1.5km to 3km to meet the needs of both domestic and international flights. Surfaced with asphalt, the runway can handle Code C aircraft including Boeing 747 to 787 Dreamliner variants and Airbus A300 to A380.


Turkana Airport and Lamu Airport

The Manda Airport in Lamu is operational after lengthening of the runway to 2.3km and will serve the air operation needs for Lamu both in short and medium term. In Turkana, Lodwar and Lokichogio airports are operational and improvement works are planned. The Lamu and Turkana Internationals Airports are therefore expected to be implemented in the long-run and are at mapping and site planning stage.

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