After the State invested Sh5 billion for the project, the planned expansion of Malindi International Airport is poised to begin. This is a huge boost for tourism, especially on the North Coast, which has been stagnant for a long time.
Due to compensation wrangles between landowners and the government, the project has been blocked for 18 years, damaging the tourism haven frequented by international travelers, particularly Italians.
The project is ready to start, according to the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC), after the government set aside monies to compensate landowners who will be affected by the project.
“A lot of tourists from Europe would like to have their flights land here, but the types of planes that come in with passengers need a long spun of runway.”The current runaway is about 1.4km but for larger planes to land here requires an additional 2km,” said Susan Mochache, who is an official at NDITC.
North Coast tourism sector suffered a major slump due to the pandemic after the international market was affected.
Ms Mochache who is also the Health principal secretary said the expansion of the runway will allow larger planes and cargo flights to land in Malindi to boost tourism and business in general.