Julius Nyerere International Airport

Julius Nyerere International Airport Guide – History, Airlines, Terminals and More

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 Carrier Destination(s)
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
Air Mauritius Mauritius
AB Aviation Moroni
As-Salaam Air Zanzibar
Egypt Air Cairo
Air Zimbabwe Harare
Airlink Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo)
Int’Air Iles Moroni
KLM Amsterdam
Ewa Air Dzaoudzi
RwandAir Kigali
Swiss International Airlines Zurich
Uganda Airlines Entebbe
Kenya Airways Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Qatar Airways Doha
Emirates Dubai (International)
South African Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo – suspended)
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
flydubai Dubai (International)

Freights at the Julius Nyerere International Airport

Air Carrier Destination
Martinair Amsterdam
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.

The new terminal 3 Julius Nyerere International Airport - Royal BAM Group.
The new terminal 3 Julius Nyerere International Airport – Royal BAM Group.

Terminal I

Terminal I has yearly traffic of 500,000 travelers. The terminal handles private and chartered flights.

Terminal II

Terminal II handles up to 1.5 million passengers. The terminal caters to local and regional scheduled flights

Terminal III

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

Other Amenities

  • 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.
KFC - Tanzania Julius Nyerere International Airport
KFC – Tanzania Julius Nyerere International Airport

Julius Nyerere International Airport Stats

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Airplane Movements 71,420 74,286 75,749 75,240 77,990 77,185 75,564
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
2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Airplane Movements 70,460 62,620 57,790 61,954 55,938 53,218 50,604
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
2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
Airplane Movements 49,523 44,289 37,035 32,074 31,539 21,879
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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