Nanyuki Airfield, (IATA: NYK, ICAO: HKNY), is located in Laikipia
County, Laikipia District, Rift Valley Province
, in the town of Nanyuki, 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.
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.
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.