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Plans are at an advanced stage to have the Lanet airstrip, currently used by the Kenya Defence Forces, upgraded to an international airport for civilian use.
Nakuru Governor HE Lee Kinyanjui on Tuesday met with the Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Francis Ogolla and discussed on the upcoming Lanet Airport.
The conversion of the military facility into a public utility is a move that is expected to boost commercial activities – tourism and agricultural sectors- in Nakuru County.
Kenya exports flowers worth Sh47 billion, over 70 per cent coming from Nakuru, and vegetables worth more than Sh27 billion to the European Union every year.
The Lanet airstrip is 1.7 kilometres long and nearly 20 metres wide where its conversion and expansion will see it accommodate large cargo planes.
Last year, Nakuru County initiated talks with the Kenya Defence Forces, Ministry of Transport, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Airports Authority whom all embraced the county proposal.
Major General Ogolla briefed the County boss on the timelines and design of the airport where the first civilian plane is expected to take off before the end of next year.
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Present at the meeting were Deputy Governor Dr Erick Korir, CECM for Lands, Physical Planning and Housing, Mr Francis Mwangi and his Roads and Transport counterpart Engineer Lucy Kariuki, Chief Officer Lands, Housing and Physical Planning chief officer Ms Judyleah Waihenya and aviation experts from the Kenya Air Force.