“We will continue expansion and upgrading of airside, landside and terminal capacities, and the associated infrastructure to keep pace with aviation traffic in Africa,” said Henry Ogoye of the Kenya Airports Authority.
“That is projected to grow by over six per cent per annum for the next 20 years driven by improving incomes, demographic boom, increasing urbanisation and the emergence of the middle class.”
Kenya will play host to the African Airports Evolution Forum later this month. The forum is expected to help build world class airports in Africa, foster collaboration with African aviation stakeholders, and design and develop airports that meet the required new compliance, capacity and efficiency demands.
Airports tend to influence urban development and, in Africa, an aerotropolis could be the most important emerging developmental node for continental growth.
The development of world class airports is a leading enabler in the region creating a more competitive and profitable business operating environment, which is expected to accommodate growing trade and tourism volumes.