Kenya has launched its first civil aviation mobile air traffic control tower. Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) explains that the new mobile ATC tower situated at Ukunda Airport is to meet air traffic demands and enhance safety in operations at the Airport.
KCAA assures that it committed to growing a superior Civil Aviation system through modern Civil Aviation equipment. “We are happy to be live in Ukunda to provide Aerodrome Air Navigation Services through Kenya’s first mobile air traffic control tower,” the Authority enthuses.
The new tower is expected to enable more efficient air traffic control at the Airport including directing aircraft on the ground and those in the air around the airport, thereby preventing collisions, organizing and expediting the flow of air traffic, and providing vital information and other important support for pilots.
Ukunda Airport is an airfield near Diani Beach in Kwale County, Kenya. The airport serves the local areas of Diani, Tiwi and Msambweni. The airport operates majorly private charter, providing tourist access between the beach resorts and inland game reserves.
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) explains that there is intention to extend the runway at Ukunda Airport to allow access to larger aircraft. The Airport plans to offer services to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, as well as operate international flights to Zanzibar, Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Photo Caption: The new mobile air traffic control tower at
Ukunda Airport , Kenya