JULIUS NYERERE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO GET NEW TERMINAL
The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority yesterday put pen to paper to sign a contract with the Royal BAM Group of Holland’s BAM International, to commence construction of Terminal Three at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam.
The airport’s original capacity was tailored to handle some 1.2 million passenger per year but the current use is nearly twice of that number, i.e. over 2 million passengers in 2012. The new Terminal Three phase one will according to reports from a regular aviation source in Dar es Salaam push the airport’s capacity to around 3.5 million passengers, before the planned phase two will be adding further capacity of 2.5 million for an overall annual passenger movement of 6 million. BAM International has previously carried out the work for the renovations at the existing Terminal Two, which will upon completion of the new terminal be used entirely for domestic flights.
The Tanzanian government has in recent years invested heavily in the modernization and refurbishment of existing primary and secondary airports and is currently engaged in a series of construction projects for smaller airports, with the construction of Bukoba airport’s new facilities due to be completed next month (see earlier report on this via http://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/bukoba-airport-set-for-finishing-touches-of-modernization-programme/). Previously were major works completed at Arusha Municipal Airport, Songwe/Mbeya as well as at Mtwara, all in line with the national and East African aviation development plans to enhance relevant infrastructure across the country. The Netherlands have also assisted in the financing of the ongoing works at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where similar to the contract now signed for Dar es Salaam major expansion and upgrading is underway.
Present for the signing of the contract was Tanzania’s Transport Minister Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe and representatives of the Dutch Embassy. KLM, the Dutch national airline, is flying daily from Amsterdam via Kilimanjaro to Dar es Salaam.