Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) says construction of a Sh37 billion runway at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA) will start June 2018.
The African Development Bank (AfDB)will provide a loan of Sh19 billion for the runway project.
AfDB director-general for East Africa Gabriel Negatu said the loan will be approved towards the end of 2017.
Besides providing financial support for the runway, the bank is also responsible for the design of the path.
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The 4.8-kilometre runway which is 75 metres wide,is designed to handle larger aircraft. It is 4.2 kilometres long and 60 metres wide.
KAA chief executive officer Jonny Andersen, the technology of the proposed facility will meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s category II specifications
“The project will reduce mishaps on the path as it will nearly double the aircraft movement, from 25 to 45 aeroplanes per hour. Moreover, the technology will also enable operations in bad weather, thus avoiding diversion of aircraft,” he said.
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