Julius Nyerere International Airport Guide – History, Airlines, Terminals and More
Table of Contents
- 1 Julius Nyerere International Airport Guide – History, Airlines, Terminals and More
- 1.1 History of the Julius Nyerere International Airport
- 1.2 Julius Nyerere International Airport Air Carriers and Destinations
- 1.3 Julius Nyerere International Airport Terminals
- 1.4 Repair and Extension
- 1.5 Other Amenities
- 1.6 Julius Nyerere International Airport Stats
- 1.7 Airplane Mishaps and Incidents that Happened Over the Years at the Julius Nyerere International Airport
- 1.8 Nomination
Julius Nyerere International Airport is the international airport that serves the capital and largest city of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam. It is situated 12 km southwest of the center of the city. It has flights to places in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The airport is named after the first Tanzania president, Julius Nyerere.
History of the Julius Nyerere International Airport
The Dar es Salaam International Airport was rechristened ‘Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport’ in October 2005. It was subsequently rechristened ‘Julius Nyerere Airport’ on November 1, 2006. Between 1980 to 2004, a total of 9,501,265 travelers used the airport. It averages 2,770 travellers daily.
In April 2013, the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) signed a deal worth TSH 275 billion with a Dutch construction company, Royal BAM Group, to build the first phase of Terminal III for the Julius Nyerere International Airport, with expected traffic of 3.5 million travelers yearly. In November 2015, TAA awarded a contract worth US$10 million for building the second phase to Royal BAM Group. The phase will add 2.5 million travelers yearly. Terminal II will serve only domestic travelers once terminal III is completed. A proposal for the construction of a shuttle that will connect the airport to the metropolis is already in motion, with rail coaches already procured for this purpose.
Julius Nyerere International Airport Air Carriers and Destinations
Below are the 29 passenger air carriers that operate at the airport:
|Air Tanzania||Iringa, Bukoba, Tabora, Mwanza, Mpanda, Bujumbura, Harare, Kigoma, Lusaka, Dodoma, Mumbai, Moroni, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro region, Mtwara, Entebbe and Zanzibar|
|Coastal Aviation||Mafia Island, Zanzibar, Arusha, Kilwa, Pemba Island, Songo Songo Island, Tanga, Moshi, Saadani, Manyara, Seronera and Selous|
|Precision Air||Kilimanjaro, Musoma, Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta), Zanzibar, Seronera, Entebbe, Arusha, Mtwara, Bukoba, Moroni, Kigoma and Mwanza|
|Auric Air||Mafia Island, Zanzibar, Pemba Island, Dodoma, Tanga, Iringa and Morogoro|
|ZanAir||Zanzibar, Selous, Pemba Island, Saadani and Arusha|
|Tropical Air||Zanzibar, Arusha and Mafia Island|
|LAM Mozambique Airlines||Pemba, Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta Airport) and Maputo|
|Fly 540||Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta Airport) and Mombasa|
|Malawian Airlines||Lilongwe, Blantyre|
|Oman Air||Zanzibar, Muscat|
|Airlink||Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo)|
|Swiss International Airlines||Zurich|
|Kenya Airways||Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)|
|South African||Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo – suspended)|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa|
Freights at the Julius Nyerere International Airport
|Astral Aviation||Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)|
|Lion Air Cargo||Brussels|
|Kenya Airways||Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)|
Julius Nyerere International Airport Terminals
The Julius Nyerere International Airport has three terminals.
Terminal I has yearly traffic of 500,000 travelers. The terminal handles private and chartered flights.
Terminal II handles up to 1.5 million passengers. The terminal caters to local and regional scheduled flights
Launched in August 2019, Terminal III is the latest terminal in the Julius Nyerere International Airport. It handles foreign flights. The terminal is made up of two phases – Phase I and Phase II. Fifty-eight businesses operate in the terminal. These businesses are grouped under operational machines, provision of services and retails.
Repair and Extension
The newly-built Terminal III became ready for foreign flights in June 2019. Royal BAM Group is also set to improve Terminal II, which has been operating for more than 28 years. Upon completion, the terminal will handle only local flights. The new terminal opened on August 1, 2019. The extension of the new terminal was funded locally
- The Tanzanite Dream (Ornament and Gem store)
- KFC (Fast-food cafeteria)
- Air Café
- Bhatia Traders (Fragrances, watches, cognacs and spirits store)
- Tasty Life (Fast-food cafeteria)
- Travelstart Tanzania Airport Office (Travel agency)
- Pizza Hut (Pizza shop)
- Dar es Salaam city travel office (Tourism information services and tour organisers).
- Flamingo Restaurant (Lunch and dinner)
- There are plans to build a hotel within the airport.
Julius Nyerere International Airport Stats
|Number of travelers||2,417,090||2,385,456||2,469,356||2,496,394||2,478,055||2,348,819||2,088,282|
|Total freight in metric tones||16,162||17,031||17,398||22,014||21,255||21,891||25,412|
|Number of travelers||1,829,219||1,556,410||1,442,846||1,542,778||1,450,558||1,249,419||1,124,235|
|Total freight in metric tones||23,946||19,675||18,844||23,039||18,456||15,617||15,575|
|Number of travelers||1,011,392||822,398||703,483||652,002||621,513||586,325|
|Total freight in metric tones||17,863||12,338||12,552||14,467||14,618||11,567|
Airplane Mishaps and Incidents that Happened Over the Years at the Julius Nyerere International Airport
- On April 11, 2014, Kenya Airways had a landing mishap involving an Embraer ERJ-190AR after the aircraft landed in heavy rains. The aircraft swerved off the tarmac. All crew and travelers were moved out. No death was recorded, with three travelers sustaining minor injuries.
- On May 18, 1989, a South African seized control of an Aeroflot flight flying an Ilyushin 62 after taking off from Luanda, Angola. The hijacker had a grenade and tried to hold hostage travelers and crew members. The plane was carrying members of the African National Congress. The security personnel shot the hijacker as he tried to gain entry into the cabin. The aircraft subsequently continued its planned stop at Julius Nyerere International Airport.
- On January 3, 1950, an Avron C.19 aircraft with registration VP-TAT belonging to United Air Services crash-landed at the airport, killing the two cargo crew members.
The Julius Nyerere International Airport was nominated for Africa’s Leading Airport award at the 27th annual World Travel Awards.
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