Chinese firm to renovate Kisumu airport

May 9, 2008
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NAIROBI, May 5 –  A Chinese engineering firm has won a contract to renovate Kisumu airport at the cost of Sh3 billion ($49.2 million), a Kenyan official said on Monday.

The China National Overseas Engineering Corporation (COVEC) will start renovating the airport in the lakeside city next month, said a Kenya Airports Authority official.

The work includes lengthening the current two-kilometre (1.24-mile) runways and building a new terminal — updating constructions from the 1970s — to accommodate large aircrafts, the official added.

Many local airlines have suspended operations to Kisumu airport in recent years because of its poor state.

Kenya is increasingly granting contracts to Chinese firms as the two nations deepen their ties.

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