Ukunda Airport

Ukunda Airport (IATA: UKA, ICAO: HKUK) is a small airfield near Diani Beach in Kwale County, Kenya. The airport serves the local areas of Diani, Tiwi and Msambweni.[2]

Ukunda Airport
OwnerKenya Airports Authority
LocationUkunda, Kwale County
Elevation AMSL98[1] ft / 30 m
Coordinates4°17′49″S 39°34′17″E / 4.29694°S 39.57139°E / -4.29694; 39.57139
UKA is located in Kenya
Location within Kenya
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 1,174 3,851 Tarmac


The airport operates Air Kenya services to and from Nairobi's Wilson airport as of 2013.[3] Many services are private charter, providing tourist access between beach resorts and inland game reserves.[4]

The Kenya Airports Authority have reported their intention to extend the runway, allowing access to larger aircraft. It is then expected that the airport will offer services to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, as well as international flights to Zanzibar, Arusha and Dar es Salaam.[4]

In January 2019, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), commissioned a mobile airport control tower, procured at a price of KSh150 million (approx. US$1.5 million), for use at this airstrip.[5]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

fly 540 Nairobi–Wilson
Jambojet Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mombasa Air Safari Mombasa
Safarilink Nairobi–Wilson


At 14:15 EAT on 28 November 2002, an Eagle Aviation Let L-410 Turbolet en route to Ukunda from Musiara Airstrip crashed at Mara Intrepids Airstrip after developing engine problems. The crew had decided to attempt an emergency landing, but crashed before landing. There was one fatality, a crew member; the other 18 passengers and remaining crew members survived.[6]


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  2. ^ "Air Kenya Flight Schedules". Kilimanjaro Adventure Travel. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  3. ^ "UKA Airport Information". FlightStats. Conducive Technology. 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Airstrips - Ukunda Airstrip". Kenya Airports. Kenya Airports Authority. 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  5. ^ Fadhili, Fredrick (17 January 2019). "Sh150 million tower lifts Ukunda Airstrip safety". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Let 410UVP-E20 5Y-ONT Mara Intrepids Airstrip". Aviation Safety Network. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2010.