Kisumu (KIS) International Airport

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Kisumu International Airport Guide

Kisumu International Airport, also known as by its IATA Code KIS and ICAO Code HKKI, is the third largest and busiest international airport in Kenya.

This is Kenya’s fourth international airport, it is a big, modern international airport; jam packed with all the facilities and conveniences that you would expect from any international airport in the world.

Geographical Location – see map below

Kisumu International Airport is located in Kisumu City, the third largest city in Kenya. It is located in Kisumu County, in the Western part of the country, on the shores of Lake Victoria. The lake is known as Nam Lolwe in the local luo dialect.

Located on the  North Western corner of Kisumu City, it is bordered on the West and South by the lake and on the East and North by the Kisumu-Busia highway.

Getting Here

  • Taxi – The following taxis are available; Kenatco Taxis, Uber, Unbranded Taxis, TukTuks (Tri-ped Passenger Motorcycles). The rides from the City Centre to the airport, a 9 kilometers (15 minutes ride), are charged at an average of 500 Kshs (USD $ 5) per trip.
  • Preferred Mode – Use Uber and Kenatco Taxis as they are more reliable.
  • Shuttle Bus – The airport does not operate one though there are private shuttles which can take you as far away as the border with Uganda (70 miles due northwest).
  • Alternatives – There are public passenger transport vehicles, known locally as matatus, which ply the Kisumu-Busia highway located right by the main entrance to the airport.
  • Car Parking & Fees – There is an automated POS parking and charges are as follows for a saloon car entering the airport;
    • Minimum 15 minutes – 100 Kshs (1$).
    • Long-term parking (12-24 hours) – 650 Kshs (6.5$)
    • Extended parking – 1,500Kshs (15$) per day.
  • Auxiliary Information
  • Flight From Hub

There are at least 8 scheduled flights from Nairobi’s (NBO) JKIA Airport to Kisumu (KIS) and the flight duration is 45 minutes.

  • Airlines Using As Hub

Currently no airline is using Kisumu International Airport, KIS, as hub.

The taxis and car hire vehicles will pick and drop you within the terminal, right at the entrance to the lounge. And there are uniformed porters ready to help you with your luggage, for a small tip.

Kiosks – There are kiosks that sell curios at the airport terminal in addition to the duty free shops that stock western goods. There is plenty of reading material to keep you busy if required.

Hotels & Transit Accommodation

There are several high end 3 to 5-star hotels located around the airport; they offer Wi-Fi internet, flat panel TVs, spas and gyms. They are all located within walking distance to malls. They include; Imperial Hotel Express, Acacia Premier, Sovereign and Victoria Suites.



  1. Wi-Fi – High speed broadband internet is available.
  2. ATM – MasterCard and Visa ATMs .
  3. Forex – Yes,  Victoria Forex Bureau.
  4. Restaurants & Lounges – Good variety serving hot and cold beverages.
  5. Toilets – Western styled.
  6. Disabled Facilities – There are ramps and disabled facilities.

Quick Facts

  • GPS coordinates: Latitude (-0.086139, 000 05’ 10.10’’ S), Longitude (34.728892, 0340 43’   44.01”E)
  • Time Zone: UTC +3, GMT +3
  • Altitude- Elevation, 3796 Feet, 1157 Meters above Sea Level, MASL.
  • Operating Hours: The airport operates 24 hours a day.
  • Telephone Contacts: (057)2531186/ (057)2524399, Mobile lines 0728-765349/0728 765360

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