Kisumu airport will receive its first direct flight from the west and north Africa in May 2022.
The inaugural flights from Cameroon, Morocco, and other countries will bring in delegates for the AfriCities summit that will be happening that month.
One prerequisite for the airport’s functionality in an international capacity is to have the airport renovated.
The Kenya Airport Authority says it has set aside Sh240 million to enhance the airport expand its ability to handle more passengers.
The expansion will enable the airport to handle at least 1million passengers, twice the number of the passenger the airport handles at the moment.
With the completion of the airport’s renovation, it will be classified in a higher status that will enable the it to compete with other airports within the region and globally.
The airport has been handling flights such as Kenya Airways, Jambojet, Fly540, Air Renegade, Air Kenya, Safarilink Aviation,748 Air, and occasionally international flights diverted to the airport in the event of emergencies.
Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o Nyong’o, the governor host of the AfriCities summit, says about 100 delegates have confirmed that they will be attending the conference in Kisumu.