A Quick Overview of the Arusha Airport

A Quick Overview of the Arusha Airport

Arusha Airport (Airport code: ARK, ICAO: HTAR) is the airport that serves from Arusha, the capital of the Arusha Province of Tanzania. Presently, expansion works are ongoing at the airport. The expansion includes the construction of a new apron and terminal building. The airport has a non-directional beacon (NDB) located on the west edge of the field.

Arrival lounge Arusha airport
Arrival lounge Arusha airport

Arusha Airport Air Carriers and Destinations

Currently, six air carriers operate at the Arusha airport. Their activities are presented below

Air Carrier Destination(s)
Coastal Aviation Mafia Island, Zanzibar, Tanga, Ruaha, Kilimanjaro region, Serengeti, Mikumi, Tarangire, Pemba Island, Manyara, Dar es Salaam, Selous, Kigali and Mwanza
Zan Air Pemba Island, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mombasa
Regional Air Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro and Manyara
Tropical Air Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam
Precision Air Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam
As-Salaam Air Zanzibar
Checking counter at the Arusha airport
Checking counter at the Arusha airport

Arusha Airport Stats

Year    Number of Travelers at the Arusha Airport  Airplane Movements Freight in kilograms
2015 142,224 -26.2 percent 20,692 -15.5 percent 141,061 -5.2 percent
2014 179,511 -4.68 percent 23,904 +0.15 percent 148,390 -43.4 percent
2013 187,911 +13.7 percent 23,868 +4.94 percent 212,760 +9.42 percent
2012 162,268 +30.7 percent 22,690 +6.10 percent 192,725 +78.6 percent
2011 112,433 -37.1 percent 21,306 +8.66 percent 41,238 -1871 percent
2010 154,714 +20.5 percent 19,460 +15.5 percent 812,930 +6.69 percent
Security checkpoint at the Arusha airport
Security checkpoint at the Arusha airport

Mishaps and Incidents That Have Happened at the Arusha Airport

  • On December 18, 2013, a Boeing 767 belonging to Ethiopian Airlines flying from Addis Ababa made an unplanned landing at the Arusha airport after it failed to land at its destination. The runway at Arusha Airport falls short of what the 767 is normally able to taxi on. Subsequently, it taxied off the limit of the runway resulting in the airport being shut down for a short period. The aircraft was flown to Kilimanjaro International Airport a few days later without passengers.

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