Located on the western foothills of Mount Kenya, it lies only 8 kilometres (5.0 mi), south of the Equator. It is approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi), by air, north of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the country’s largest civilian airport.
Nanyuki Airfield is a government-owned, privately leased airfield, serving private and commercial air operators. The airfield handles mostly small, light, single-engine aircraft and some twin engined aircraft. Most traffic through Nanyuki is routed from Nairobi, carrying tourists to Mara Serena Airport, Samburu Airport, Laikipia, Lewa and Meru. The airfield is leased by Tropic Air Kenya, offering air charter and helicopter services.
Airlines and destinations
|Airkenya Express||Masai Mara, Nairobi–Wilson|
|Tropic Air Kenya||Laikipia, Meru, Samburu|
Nanyuki Airfield is open from 6 am to 6 pm daily, with all traffic reporting to the Nanyuki air traffic controller. Aircraft fuel is usually available. Barney’s Restaurant is open from 8 am to 5 pm daily, serving hot and cold drinks, breakfast, lunch and snacks. The gift shop is also open daily, selling African arts, crafts and gifts.
History and development
In the late 1960s, the Nanyuki Airfield was originally along the Nanyuki – Rumuruti Road. This was a grass airfield, mainly used by small, single-engine, privately owned aircraft. During the 1970s the site was purchased by the Kenya government for military and official business and named the Laikipia Air Base.
The new civil airfield for Nanyuki was allocated along the Nanyuki – Naro Moru road about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), out of Nanyuki town, and was named Nanyuki Civil Airfield. At the time, it was almost entirely used by privately owned small, light, single-engine aircraft. The site comprised a tarmac runway and a caretaker’s hut.
In the early 1990s, the airfield became home to Tropic Air Kenya – a small air charter company operating single-engine Cessna aircraft and helicopters. It is also a key airport for Air Kenya, East African Safari Air, and Fly540 who operate daily scheduled services linking with Nairobi, Lewa, Laikipia, Samburu, Meru and the Maasai Mara.
Offices and facilities have been built. To accommodate the many thousands of passengers that pass through the airfield each year, Tropic Air Kenya established a waiting area, with a restaurant, shop and toilet facilities.