French agency to fund Mombasa airport upgrade
Kenya signed a $66-million financing agreement with the French Agency for Development (AFD) on Wednesday, to upgrade Moi International Airport in Mombasa.
The airport is a key entry point for an average of one million tourists who visit the Kenyan coast annually, with over eighteen airlines flying in directly from Europe. It offers connections to more than twenty cities in the region.
The east African nation has been building new terminals and runways in its other main airports in Nairobi and in the western city of Kisumu, to cope with growing demand for air travel by locals and foreigners.
Yves Boudot, AFD’s regional director, said the loan was intended to help upgrade the airport in a wider move to position Kenya as the region’s key business hub.