|IATA: NYK – ICAO: HKNY
Placement on map is approximate
|Airport type||Public, Civilian|
|Owner||Kenya Airports Authority|
|Operator||Tropic Air Kenya|
|Serves||Nanyuki, and Northern Kenya|
|Elevation AMSL||6,250 ft / 1,905 m|
Nanyuki Airfield is an airport Kenya.
Located on the western foot hills 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 Nairobi International Airport, the country's largest civilian airport. The geographic coordinates of this airport are:0° 2' 42.00"N, 37° 1' 48.00"E (Latitude:0.045000; Longitude:37.030000).
Nanyuki Airfield is a government-owned, privately leased airfield, serving private and commercial air operators. With only one landing strip, the airfield handles mostly small light single engine aircraft and some larger twin aircraft. Most traffic through Nanyuki is routing 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, Samburu, Meru|
Nanyuki Airfield is open from 6am to 6pm daily, with all traffic reporting to the Nanyuki Air Traffic controller. Aircraft fuel is usually available. Barney's Restaurant is open from 8am to 5pm 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 situated 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, the airfield was almost entirely used by privately owned small light single engine aircraft. The premises consisted of a tarmac airfield and a small caretakers 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. Its is also a key airport for Air Kenya, East African Safari Air, and Fly540 who operate daily schedule services linking with Nairobi, Lewa, Laikipia, Samburu, Meru and the Maasai Mara.
Offices and aircraft facilities have been built, and in order to accommodate the many thousands of passengers that pass through the airfield each year, Tropic Air Kenya established a waiting area, with a restaurant (Barney's), shop and toilet facilities.