Kikwete lays foundation stone for new airport terminal in Dar es Salaam


(Posted 25th April 2014)

President Kikwete yesterday laid the foundation stone of one of Tanzania’s most ambitious aviation infrastructure projects, the construction of a brand new Terminal at the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Like most major airports in the East African region has JNIA in Dar es Salaam long reached its projected capacity and is now handling twice as many passengers as was initially foreseen.

The new Terminal 3 will inject fresh capacity for future growth of more flights and more passengers to the tune of 6 million passenger per year and will be a state of the art facility reflecting the latest technologies and facilities including enough check in desks for airlines, a state of the art baggage handling system, the latest security measures, lounges, restaurants and shops. The new terminal, several times the size of the existing facility, has received support from the Dutch government via grants and loan guarantees and it is no wonder therefore that the main contractor comes from the Netherlands. The estimated cost was given as over 500 billion Tanzania Shillings, making it one of the largest investments in aviation infrastructure the country has ever undertaken.

Work is also continuing at Tanzania’s second largest airport Kilimanjaro International, equally supported by the Dutch government.

Tanzania started three years ago, in line with resolutions by the East African Community, to work on renovating and expanding aviation facilities across the country and while much work remains to be done, have major projects been completed like the much improved Bukoba airport or the newly expanded Songwe Airport near Mbeya which now receives regular flights by not just turboprops but even jets of the size of an Airbus A319. Watch this space for breaking and regular aviation news from the Eastern African region.

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