Kisumu Airport runways turn into a ‘lake’ forcing pilots to reroute

Flooded Kisumu Airport lounge

Kisumu County has not learnt a lesson from Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

As Sonko struggles to mitigate flooding from the huge city, Kisumu is feeling the pinch as flood has hindered smooth operations even at the airport.

Both inbound and outbound flights to Kisumu International Airport have been cancelled following a heavy downpour experienced in the lake city on Friday evening.

Flooded Kisumu Airport

Reports indicated that planes had trouble landing at Kisumu International Airport because of the strong winds and foggy weather.

Pilots were forced to turn the planes back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

A video that has been doing rounds on social media shows a flooded passenger lounge as a result of the heavy rainfall.

The clip also shows passengers who were stranded after their flights were cancelled.

Some of those who were affected took to social media to criticize Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) since it’s barely three years since the airport underwent a major upgrade.

Ksh 3.3 billion was set aside in February 2012 to extend runways, construct a taxiway and a new terminal.

The terminal was not only revamped to international standards but it could now hold 600 people per hour.

As such, many people were surprised that the passenger lounge at the international airport still lets in water when it rains.

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