Written By John Mutiso 📝
Vivo Energy Kenya has been awarded a tender for the construction of a fuel depot at Kisumu International Airport by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).
The proposed location is at the former Total Aviation Fuel Depot on the airside.
According to Kisumu International Airport manager Selina Gor, this will be Kenya’s first airport-based depot.
A similar fuel depot is being built next to the Kenya Airways offices at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The airport is strategically located to serve the Great Lakes region, and it is the third busiest in the country in terms of passenger traffic. It is accessible by road via public vehicles, taxis, and private transport.
According to Ms. Gor, more than 30, 0000 vehicles make their way in and out of Kisumu International Airport.
“The fuel depot is being established for the simple reason, there’s increased traffic at Kisumu International Airport. This will help in meeting the demand for aviation fuel services and associated activities for the airline operators,” She said.
Other amenities at the aviation fuel depot will include a carwash, ATM machines, eateries, and a chemist, among others. The facility is expected to be finished by the end of March.
“Currently we are sourcing for fuel from Wells Oil Limited which approx. 9.8 kilometers from Kisumu City. We have fire engines for any emergencies. It’s easier if they can get fuel from nearby sources,” she said.
The provision of additional commercial sites for rentals, increased aircraft landings, and the use of larger aircraft have all resulted in additional revenue from airport infrastructure expansion.
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