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Dar es Salaam upgrade leads the way in Tanzania

09 November 2017
Terminal 3 is being expanded at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Completion is expected in 2018. Source: BAM International

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.

Traffic in Tanzania 2011-16

CategoryType201120122013201420152016
Aircraft movementsDomestic121933133635134172129446122117123488
Int'l170871839819991217992135022155
Total139,020152,033154,163151,245143,467145,643
Passengers (million)Domestic1.371.651.992.122.091.96
Int'l1.111.241.281.331.361.43
Total2.482.893.273.453.453.39
Cargo (tonnes)Domestic298931982216261324602094
Int'l238442515122383219072270618542
Total26,83328,34924,59924,52025,16620,636
Source: TAA

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.

See related article at: http://www.janesairport360.com/article/9474/tanzania-orders-thales-equipment

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