Kenya launches Isiolo international airport in northeast region

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Kenya launches Isiolo international airport in northeast region
President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch of the Isiolo Airport.

In Brief


  • The airport which is part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project
  • Isiolo International airport is part of the Vision 2030, Kenya’s long term national development blue-print
  • Airlines such as Kenya Airways, JamboJet, Air Kenya, and Fly 540 are said to be keen to start domestic flights.

Kenya has commissioned the newly constructed Isiolo international airport hoping to open up the northern tourist circuit to help increase the number of visitors in the country.

The airport which is part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project, will also help boost the economic situation of residents of the area.

The Isiolo International airport was launched Sunday by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta who said that the facility will help the northern Corridor unlock its economic potential.

“This airport is a catalyst to economic development that will come with the expansion of tourism and creation of quality job opportunities,” he said. LAPSSET is an economic and transport corridor that stretches from Lamu port in the coastal Kenya to South Sudan and Ethiopia.

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The project will involve the construction of a Passenger Terminal Building covering a floor area of 4,800 sq. m. and with a throughput capacity of 125,000 passengers annually.

The ultra-modern airport, which is located in Isiolo County with half of the runway extending to Meru County, covers an area of 329.76 hectares and is elevated about 3501 feet above sea level.

Its runway is 1.4 km long with a new apron that can handle six Code “C” aircrafts.

Its passenger terminal building has a floor area of 5,000 square meters while its passenger terminal car.

Kenya launches Isiolo international airport in northeast region
Isiolo International Airport.

The terminal building amenities include nine check-in counters (domestic and international), a VIP lounge, restaurants, duty free shops, banking facilities, forex bureaus, airline front offices and shops.

Airlines such as Kenya Airways, JamboJet, Air Kenya, and Fly 540 are said to be keen to start domestic flights. Fly 540 has booked a ticket office at the airport

Isiolo International airport is part of the Vision 2030, Kenya’s long term national development blue-print that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrialising, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.