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Nanyuki Airport

Nanyuki Airfield is an airport in Nanyuki, Kenya.

Nanyuki Airfield
Airport type Public, Civilian
Owner Kenya Airports Authority
Operator Tropic Air Kenya
Serves Nanyuki, and Northern Kenya
Location Nanyuki, Kenya
Elevation AMSL 6,250 ft / 1,905 m
Coordinates 00°03′40″S

Nanyuki Airport

Location of Nanyuki Airport in Kenya
Placement on map is approximate

Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 3,900 1,200 Asphalt


Nanyuki Airfield, (IATA: NYK, ICAO: HKNY), is in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, in the Kenyan East Rift Valley.

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.


At 1,905 metres (6,250 ft) above sea level, the airport has a single asphalt runway which measures 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) in length.

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

Airlines Destinations
Airkenya Express Masai Mara, Nairobi–Wilson
Fly-SAX Nairobi–Wilson
Safarilink 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.

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