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The government pumps ksh 200 million to install mordern weather observation system in its three international airports.

Posted by African Press International on August 3, 2017

By Dickens Wasonga.

The Kenyan government has invested sh. 200 million to install automatic weather observation system in its three international airports.

The modern equipment will enhance flight safety and aid take off and landing which has been a challenge to most pilots who had to rely on a manually operated system over the years.

The cabinet secretary of environment Prof Judith Wakhungu said the country has done so to comply with the ten requirements set by the US government as a condition before Kenya could be allowed to operate direct flights between the two countries.

Speaking at the Kisumu intenatiinal airport on Tuesday, the cabinet minister said amongst other flight benefits, the modern technology will also greatly help sharing of timely information to farmers and fishing community.

" The pilots will now automatically obtain information about the weather real time and our farmers ,together with the fishermen will get updates on weekly basis. " she said.

The minister also added that the country will now receive more accurate and timely weather forecast which will enhance the country’s capacity to prepare and handle effects of climate change.

The new technology, which was manufactured by a Finland company has also been installed in Nairobi’ s Jomo Kenyatta International airport, Eldoret international airport.

The Nairobi one was launched in may in partnership with the ministry of environment, the meteorological department, Kenya civil and Kenya airports authority in may this year. The other two were commissioned on Tuesday last week in Kisumu and Eldoret by the CS.

She disclosed that the move to upgrade the two airports in Kisumu and Eldoret to meet international standards was meant to decongest JKIA which was currently receiving many flights .

The CS said Kenya was ready and will begin the direct flights to and from the USA in December this year. The government plans to install the automatic weather observation system to other airports enhance efficiency and safety of air travel.

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