Ukunda Airport

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Ukunda Airport
Summary
OwnerKenya Airports Authority
LocationUkunda, Kwale County
Kenya
Elevation AMSL98[1] ft / 30 m
Coordinates4°17′49″S 39°34′17″E / 4.29694°S 39.57139°E / -4.29694; 39.57139
Map
UKA is located in Kenya
UKA
UKA
Location within Kenya
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 1,174 3,851 Tarmac

Ukunda Airport (IATA: UKA, ICAO: HKUK) is a small airfield near Diani Beach in Kwale County, Kenya. The airport serves the local areas of Diani, Tiwi and Msambweni.[2]

Services[edit]

The airport operates Air Kenya services to and from Nairobi's Wilson airports as of 2013.[3] Many services are private charter, providing tourist access between the beach resorts and inland game reserves.[4]

The Kenya Airports Authority have reported that there is intention to extend the runway, allowing access to larger aircraft. It is then expected that the airport can then offer services to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, as well as international flights to Zanzibar, Arusha and Dar es Salaam.[4]

In January 2019, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), commissioned a mobile airport control tower, procured at a price of KSh150 million (approx.US$1.5 million), for use at this airstrip.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Airkenya Express Nairobi–Wilson
Mombasa Air Safari Mombasa
Safarilink Nairobi–Wilson
fly 540 Nairobi–Wilson
Jambojet Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Silverstone Air Nairobi–Wilson

Incidents[edit]

At 14:15 EAT on 28 November 2002, an Eagle Aviation Let L-410 Turbolet en route to Ukunda from Musiara Airstrip crashed at Mara Intrepids Airstrip after developing engine problems. Crew had decided to attempt an emergency landing, but crashed before landing. There was one fatality, a crew member; the other 18 passengers and remaining crew member survived.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://skyvector.com/airport/HKUK/Ukunda-Airport
  2. ^ "Air Kenya Flight Schedules". Kilimanjaro Adventure Travel. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  3. ^ "UKA Airport Information". FlightStats. Conducive Technology. 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Airstrips - Ukunda Airstrip". Kenya Airports. Kenya Airports Authority. 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  5. ^ Fadhili, Fredrick (17 January 2019). "Sh150 million tower lifts Ukunda Airstrip safety". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Let 410UVP-E20 5Y-ONT Mara Intrepids Airstrip". Aviation Safety Network. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2010.