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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.

Ukunda Airport
Owner Kenya Airports Authority
Location Ukunda, Kwale County Kenya
Elevation AMSL 98 ft / 30 m
Coordinates 4°17′49″S

Ukunda Airport

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 airports as of 2013. Many services are private charter, providing tourist access between the beach resorts and inland game reserves.

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

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.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Airkenya Express Nairobi–Wilson
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. 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 member survived.

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