Wilson Airport (Kenya)

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Wilson Airport

IATA: WILICAO: HKNW

WIL is located in Kenya
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Location of Wilson Airport in Kenya
Placement on map is approximate
Summary
Airport type Public, Civilian
Owner Kenya Airports Authority
Serves Nairobi
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,690 m / 5,546 ft
Coordinates 01°19′12″S 36°48′54″E / 1.32000°S 36.81500°E / -1.32000; 36.81500 (Wilson Airport)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 1,462 4,798 Asphalt
14/32 1,540 5,052 Asphalt

Wilson Airport is an airport in Nairobi, Kenya. It has flights to many regional airports in Kenya while Nairobi's main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, serves domestic and many international destinations.

Location[edit]

Wilson Airport, (IATA: WILICAO: HKNW), is in Nairobi County, in the city of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the largest metropolitan centre in that country. It lies approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi), by road, south of the central business district.[1] Nearby suburbs include:Langata, South C and Kibera.

This location is approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi), by road, west of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the largest civilian airport in the country.[2] The coordinates of this airport are:1° 19' 12.00"S, 36° 48' 54.00"E (Latitude:-1.320000; Longitude:36.815000).

Overview[edit]

The airport serves domestic and international traffic. It is used mostly by general aviation traffic. Industries that use Wilson Airport extensively include tourism, health care and agriculture. Wilson Airport averages traffic of around 120,000 landings and take-offs annually.

Airkenya and other small airlines use Wilson Airport for scheduled domestic passenger services, instead of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Missionary aviation operators AMREF, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and AIM AIR use Wilson Airport as their airport base on the African continent. It is used also for flight training. The airport is under the supervision of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).

De Havilland Chipmunk trainers of the Kenya Air Force at Wilson Aerodrome in April 1973

As a result of faster check-in times and fewer flight delays, as compared to Nairobi International Airport, Wilson Airport is commonly used by business executive aircraft for domestic and international travel. Common domestic destinations from Wilson Airport include Kisumu Airport, Mombasa International Airport and Eldoret International Airport.

At 5,546 feet (1,690 m) above sea level,[3] Wilson Airport has two asphalt runways: Runway 1 measures 4,798 feet (1,462 m) long and 72 feet (22 m) wide; Runway 2 measures 5,052 feet (1,540 m) long 76 feet (23 m) wide.[4]

History[edit]

The airport was established in 1933 as Nairobi Aerodrome and was used by Imperial Airways Empire air mail services from the United Kingdom via Egypt and continuing in stages to South Africa. The airport was later renamed Wilson Airport in 1962. It was named after Florence Kerr Wilson, a pioneer of aviation in Kenya.

In 2012 Kiss TV did a 15-minute report called dying Wilson.[citation needed] The main aim was to bring to the public's attention about the corruption that had taken land surrounding the airport which was now choking the airport as it had no place to expand. If aircraft ran off the runway with only 30 meters around runway 2 would crash into illegal housing estates which causes large concern although no action has off yet been taken by the KAA.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airkenya Express Amboseli, Kilimanjaro, Lewa Downs, Lamu, Malindi, Meru Masai Mara, Nakuru, Nanyuki, Samburu, Ukunda/Diani Beach[5]
Fly SAX Kitale, Lamu, Lokichogio, Masai Mara, Malindi, Ukunda/Diani Beach, Wajir
Safarlink Amboseli, Kilaguni, Kilimanjaro, Kiwayu, Lamu, Lewa Downs, Masai Mara, Naivasha, Nanyuki, Samburu, Ukunda/Diani Beach

Accidents and incidents[edit]

External links[edit]

Dying wilson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 1°19′12″S 36°48′54″E / 1.320000°S 36.815000°E / -1.320000; 36.815000