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Ukunda airstrip to be expanded

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY LOLA OKULO

PLANS to expand Ukunda airstrip have gotten a major boost after the Kwale County government announced relocation of the school near it to pave way for the project.

Addressing delegates at the 45th African Airlines Association annual general meeting in Kwale yesterday, governor Salim Mvurya said he will hold a meeting on Friday with Kenya Airports Authority and the Principal Secretary in the ministry of Transport to plan for the project and do a site visit.

"It is our wish to get direct flights from Kenya Airways and all these airlines represented here," said Mvurya.

KQ chief executive Titus Naikuni said that while most people would prefer to bypass the ferry to access South Coast, the runway at Ukunda is very short for the airline to fly there directly.

Mvurya added that land where the school will be moved to has already been identified. While Diani is known as a resort town, tourism business in the area has been hampered by poor access to the South Coast because of congestion at the Likoni ferry channel.