Kilimanjaro International Airport – Quick Overview, History, Airlines & More

Kilimanjaro International Airport – Quick Overview, History, Airlines & More

Kilimanjaro International Airport is an international airport located in Northern Tanzania. It serves the cities of Moshi and Arusha. In 2014, the airport served 802,731 travelers. It mainly operates flights within the region and a number of long-haul services because of its significance as a vacation destination.

Overview

KLM Boeing parked at the Kilimanjaro International Airport waiting for passengers
KLM Boeing parked at the Kilimanjaro International Airport waiting for passengers

Many foreign visitors to Tanzania visit places such as national parks, the coast of the Indian Ocean, Lake Victoria and islands like Zanzibar. This trend reflects in the paths of connecting flights at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Despite its small size, the Kilimanjaro International Airport handles large airplanes like Antonov 124 and Boeing 747. The Kilimanjaro International Airport served 665,147 travellers in 2012, representing a 3.7% increase from 2011. It also served 802,371 travellers in 2014. Of this figure, 45% were foreign travellers, 38% were local travellers, while 17% were travellers in transit.

The Tanzanian and Dutch governments signed a grant agreement to refurbish the Kilimanjaro International Airport. The refurbishment includes taxiways, terminal buildings and aprons. It is expected that the project will cost €35.5 million, with the Dutch government paying €15 million while the Tanzanian government pays the rest. The Dutch government paid for the already-completed design phase of the project. Renovation works started at the Kilimanjaro International Airport in November 2015. The renovation was geared towards doubling the airport’s capacity from the present 600,000 to 1.2 million passengers annually. BAM International, a subsidiary of the Royal BAM Group, is handling the renovation project at the cost of $39.7 million. Renovations are expected to be completed by May 2017.

History

The Kilimanjaro International Airport was formally opened on December 2, 1971. The construction of the Kilimanjaro International Airport cost $13 million. A long-term loan from the Italian government was used to finance the construction. In 1998, it became the first international airport to be denationalized in Africa. The Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company now manages it. The Kilimanjaro International Airport aids the tourism sector for guests travelling to Arusha National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park and other places. The Kilimanjaro International Airport calls itself the “Gateway to Africa’s Wildlife Heritage.”

Ngorongoro Conservation Area - one of the many destinations tourists landing at Kilimanjaro airport go to
Ngorongoro Conservation Area – one of the many destinations tourists landing at Kilimanjaro airport go to

Air Carriers and Destinations

The 14 air carriers presented below operate regular flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Air Carrier Destination(s)
Coastal Aviation Zanzibar, Mwanza, Lake Manyara, Arusha and Seronera
Precision Air Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Entebbe and Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)
Air Tanzania Zanzibar, Entebbe and Dar es Salaam
Regional Air Services Lake Manyara and Arusha
Kenya Airways Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Airkenya Express Nairobi (Wilson)
flydubai Dubai (International)
Qatar Airways Doha
KLM Amsterdam
RwandAir Kigali
Uganda Airlines Entebbe
Safarilink Aviation Nairobi (Wilson)
Turkish Airlines Istanbul

 

Note that:

  • Qatar Airways’ outgoing flights from the Kilimanjaro International Airport to Doha make a stop in Dar es Salaam. However, the air carrier does not have a traffic license to convey passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam.
  • KLM’s outgoing flights from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Amsterdam make a stop in Dar es Salaam. However, the air carrier does not have a traffic license to convey passengers solely between Kilimanjaro region and Dar es Salaam.
  • Turkish Airlines’ incoming flights from Istanbul make a stop in Zanzibar. However, the air carrier does not have a traffic license to convey passengers solely between Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro.

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