A new-look Terminal 3 at Julius Nyerere International Airport is one of many expansion projects in the East African country
The aviation sector in Tanzania has had to contend with unpredictable rates of growth in recent years, as it moves towards completion in 2018 of expansion work at the all-important Terminal 3 in its main gateway, Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania is among the top 10 economies in sub-Saharan Africa, despite a recent slowdown. In a 2014 report, the African Development Bank said Dar es Salaam was Africa’s fastest-growing city, predicted to have a population of 5.1 million in 2020, making it Africa’s eighth-largest by then.
While total aircraft movements grew at an annual average of more than 1% in 2011–16, and cargo tonnage fell by 5.1%, passenger traffic at JNIA grew by 6.5%. Although passenger volume fell by 1.1% in 2016 to 2.47 million, the airport has been operating against capacity constraints for decades, and Terminal 3 is designed to bring relief to the situation.
Work on the terminal building is understood to have begun in 2014. “In total, [Terminal 3] is planned to handle 6 million passengers per annum [mppa]. It is expected to be completed by September 2018,” Salim Msangi, acting director general of the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA), told Jane’s in an exclusive interview.
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