Most airports in Kenya are used for domestic flights. The largest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport located in Nairobi (the capital of Kenya).
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) whose mandate is the management and provision of airport infrastructure and services geared towards national economic groth, social progress and the achievement of vision 2030 has developed thematic areas on which to align its business activities and programmes.
These include revenue enhancement and cost management, customer service, enhancement of the corporate image, infrastructure and facilities development, safety and security, business process automation and environmental sustainability.
With the full implementation of these programmes, KAA will have enhanced operations, increased efficiencies and advanced marketing and business initiatives to the benefit of the country’s airports.
Here is a list of airports in Kenya and their locations
Airports in Kenya – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi)
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is the biggest Airport in East and Central Africa, and is the focal point for major aviation activity in the region. Its importance as an aviation centre makes it the pacesetter for other airports in the region. JKIA, located 18 kilometres to the East of Nairobi, is served by 49 scheduled airlines. JKIA has direct flight connections to Europe, the Middle East, Far East and the African Continent.
Airports in Kenya – Moi International Airport (Mombasa)
Moi International Airport handles tremendous traffic with more than eighteen airlines flying directly from and to Europe, and offering connections to over twenty cities in the region. Mombasa region has remained attractive to tourist and it has eventually required that the airport be developed to handle long haul international flights.
Airports in Kenya – Eldoret International Airport
The airport is located some 16 kilometres south from Eldoret Town on the Eldoret-Kisumu road. The airport is open from Monday to Sunday from 0330hours to 1730hours GMT, but the hours can be extended on request. Currently the airport has three scheduled international cargo flights and several ad hoc freighters per week.
Airports in Kenya – Wilson Airport
Wilson Airport is located to the South of Nairobi and immediately to the South of Langata Road, some 2km southwest of the junction with Mombasa Road. The most notable feature on this side of the airport is the Uhuru Monument, marking the spot where Kenya was granted independence.
Airports in Kenya – Malindi Airport
Malindi Airport is 2.5 Km west of Malindi Town. It is by the Mombasa road on it’s southern side, where the access road is connected. Eastwards the suburbs of Malindi are developing in the proximity of the Airport boundary. In particular two schools are located along the Eastern boundary fence. Westwards some land is used for a coconut plantation.
Airports in Kenya – Kisumu Airport
Kisumu is the the most Westernly city in Kenya Located on the shores of Lake Victoria, The largest fresh water lake in Africa. It is a center of trade between the East African countries due to its proximity to their borders. The airport is located to the North West of Kisumu town. The site is bordered on the Western and the Southern sides by Lake Victoria and on the Eastern and Northern sides by the main road to Uganda. .
Airports in Kenya – Wajir Airport
The Airport is located about 5km West of Wajir town. The Airport which opens daily operations at 0630hours and closes at 1830 hours is open to propeller aircraft at its current state due to loose chips on the runways, taxiways and apron, and its restricted to jet engined aircraft for safety purposes. .
Airports in Kenya – Lokichoggio Airport
Lokichoggio airport is located 370 nautical miles North West of Nairobi and 214 Km North West of Lodwar Town, 24 Km to border of South Sudan. The Government took over the running of this Airport in 1999 and this saw the deployment of officers from key Government departments and the Kenya Airports Authority to spearhead the core functions of the airport.
Airports in Kenya – Ukunda Airstrip
Ukunda Airsterip is a feeder Airstrip that deals mostly with tourists from south coast hotels taking them to and from national parks, lodges, airports and privately owned Airstrip. The main air operators are the charter companies on scheduled chartered basis, depending on tourism season. Their clients are mostly tourist who would like to go on air safaris to the national parks, lodges and other airports.
Airports in Kenya – Manda Airstrip
Manda airstrip is situated on Manda Island in the Lamu Archipelago. The airstrip was established between 1962-63 as landing strip for the colonial administrators.
Airports in Kenya – Airstrips
Some 150 airstrips dot the Kenyan landscape. The Kenya Airports Authority provides technical expertise in their maintenance on behalf of the government on an agency basis. Some airstrips are, however, directly under the management of KAA. These are:-
- Manda Airstrip
- Ukunda Airstrip:- It is in Kwale, south coast. The airstrip has continued to attract tourism related flights.
- Lodwar Airstrip
- Garissa Airstrip
- Eldoret Airstrip
- Kitale Airstrip
- Kakamega Airstrip:- It is in the heart of Western Kenya.
Other Public airstrips include:
- Isiolo Airstrip
- Nyeri Airstrip
- Embu Airstrip
- Mitunguu Airstrip
- Nyaribo Airstrip