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Malindi International Airport: associations and tour operators push government to go ahead

Minister of Trasports said Malindi is ready to have direct flights from abroad, only 1.2 km strip remaining

13-12-2017 by redazione

The government has resumed talks to complete the work of the Malindi international airport.
In a meeting with the top management of the KAA airport authorities, the Kenyan Ministry of Transport in recent days reaffirmed that Malindi is one of the five domestic destinations that will soon open to foreign direct flights to boost tourism and trade with other continental and intercontinental nations.
The hoteliers of the north coast have taken the leap to denounce the current situation for which Malindi and Watamu, above all, still depend anachronistically and increasingly problematic from the Moi International Airport of Mombasa and consequently to logistics and traffic to get their customers in their resorts and facilities.
"Currently, the flights land in Mombasa and then tourists have to make a long journey from the airport, through Kibarani and Bombolulu to arrive on the highway to Malindi - said to the media the Executive Director of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) Sam Ikwaye - There are still too many political interests around the second international coastal port of call. Everywhere it is confirmed that useful funds have been allocated to expand existing infrastructure or even move the airport to a larger space that can increase tourism. But the underlying problem is solving the problem of accessibility.
Even the Italian entrepreneurs, once the political situation has been unblocked, have resumed talks and pressure on the Government to speed up the definition of the airport issue, i. e. the clearing and reimbursement of those who live in the areas affected by the necessary extension of the runway and other problems related to logistics.
"We are doing everything we can to better market this destination - is the comment by Guido Bertoni, director of the Garoda Resort in Watamu - but lately we have felt abandoned by the Ministry of Tourism, which has not adequately advocated our cause, which would then bring benefits to all Kenyan tourism. It's a pity because we have beautiful places, such as Garoda Beach which has been named second best beach in Africa and seventh in the world according to the travel section of CNN. We know that everything has come to a standstill during the electoral crisis, now is the time to start over. On the other hand, we only need a blessed asphalt track of one kilometre and two hundred metres long, and we are ready to use it with direct flights from Europe. This will increase not only the tourism sector of Malindi and Watamu, but all the related industries, the economy and businesses".

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