Kenya - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Airfield Expansion Project - 2nd Runway Development

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Nov 2017
Signature Date 16 Jan 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21050
Commitment U.A 117,361,421.83
Status Cancelled

Project General Description

The development of the 2 nd Runway is informed by the JKIA Master Plan of 2010, and is in keeping with the development objectives and priorities of the Government of Kenya under Vision 2030 and the Bank’s Hi-5s Strategy supporting projects aimed at enhancing economic efficiency, regional integration, and facilitating international trade. The project entails: (i) construction of a parallel, 2.35km apart, 4.9 km long runway and connecting Taxiways, equipped to CAT II capabilities; (ii) Firefighting unit and trucks; and (iii) construction of a berm planted with trees to reduce noise impact. Consulting services include: construction supervision, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Update of JKIA Master Plan and Formulation of national airport development strategy. Institutional Capacity Building shall involve: Airport Pavement Maintenance Planning Study and Training of KAA & KCAA staff; whereas Supply of Equipment will include: Modern ATC equipment, Ambulifts, Navigational Aids, and Meteorological systems. The project is estimated to cost USD 189.6 million, and is co-financed by the Bank Group (84.4%) and the GoK (15.6%). The construction period is 30 months.

Project Objectives

. The development objective of the proposed project is to enhance regional integration and expand international trade via improved regional and international air connectivity. The specific project objectives are two-fold: i.) To improve reliability of air transport to and from JKIA by reducing aircraft delays at peak hours and costly flight diversions arising from incidences on existing runway, and abiding constraining configuration of the existing single runway facility that undermines its usability and overall operational efficiency of the airport; and ii.) To expand airfield capacity for the new generation (long-haul) aircrafts that would be attracted to JKIA after the airport attained in 2017, category I status that allows for direct intercontinental flights, including to the US. The extra capacity also ties well with the traffic growth projections in the JKIA Master Plan of 2010, in terms of meeting the Government’s long-term development objectives and priorities under Vision 2030 of enhancing economic efficiency, fostering international trade, and facilitating long-haul tourist flows in the Country.


Beneficiaries include some 80 million people from Kenya and within East Africa directly served by the hub airport. Expanded airport infrastructure is envisaged to improve connectivity between Kenya and the World thereby facilitating high-value exports and imports, increase tourist earnings, and advance Kenya’s economy towards a middle-income level.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Kenya
Autorité des Aéroports du Kenya
Kenya AIRPort Authority
Government of Kenya


IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-DA0-001
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name George Adongo MAKAJUMA

Geographic Location

Country Kenya
Coordinates Location Name
1 38 Kenya
-1.28333 36.83333 Nairobi
-1.32922 36.925 Jomo Kenyatta International Airport