Homa Bay Airport

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Homa Bay Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Kenya Airports Authority
Serves Homa Bay
Location Homa Bay, Homa Bay County, Kenya
Opened 28 January 2016
Elevation AMSL 4,242 ft / 1,293 m
Coordinates 0°35′30″S 34°28′48″E / 0.59167°S 34.48000°E / -0.59167; 34.48000Coordinates: 0°35′30″S 34°28′48″E / 0.59167°S 34.48000°E / -0.59167; 34.48000
Map
HKHB is located in Kenya
HKHB
HKHB
Location in Kenya
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 3,937 1,200 Asphalt

Homa Bay Airport (ICAO: HKHB), also known as Kabunde Airstrip, is an airport located 6 km (3.7 mi) from the town of Homa Bay in Homa Bay County, Kenya. It was modernised in 2015 and received its first commercial flights in January 2016.

History[edit]

In May 2015, the Kenya Airports Authority started to upgrade the airstrip, one of three airstrips across Kenya to be modernised, the others being Migwena Airstrip and Kisii Airport.[1] The upgrade was carried out to improve air service in the area, as residents previously had to travel to the distant Kisumu International Airport; and to boost tourism and business in the region.[2][3][4]

The modernisation cost Sh200 million and was contracted to Glanack Investment Ltd Co.[1][2] The runway was extended to 1.2 km (0.75 mi) and an apron was constructed. In addition, fencing around the airport was reinforced; and the road between Homa Bay and Rongo, which is used to access the airport, was tarmacked.[2]

In late January 2016, the airport was cleared to receive commercial flights, and a final inspection was carried out on 27 January.[3] The first passenger flights landed at Homa Bay on 28 January 2016.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Homa Bay Airport includes an apron and runway 14/32, which in 2015 was extended from 790 m (2,600 ft)[6] to the present 1,200 m (3,900 ft) to accommodate for larger aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Fly540 Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ochieng, Justus (30 April 2015). "KAA Sh200m Kabunde airstrip upgrade". The Star. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Omoro, James (26 April 2015). "Airstrip set for Sh200m facelift to boost economy". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Mutai, Michael. "HOMA BAY: Kabunde Airstrip Cleared To Receive Commercial Flights". Radio Jambo. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Kabunde, Kenya set to open to traffic next month". Ch-aviation. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. ^ Koech, David (29 January 2016). "Homa Bay Residents Crowd Runway To Receive Raila at Newly Refurbished Airstrip". Nairobi Wire. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  6. ^ Length of Runway At Homa Bay Airport

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