Mwanza Airport Overview – Expansion, Airlines, Air Force Base, Destinations & More

Mwanza Airport Overview – Expansion, Airlines, Air Force Base, Destinations & More

Mwanza Airport is an important regional and international airport located in Northern Tanzania. It serves the city of Mwanza. It is situated close to the northern shores of Lake Victoria, nearly 10 kilometres from the city. It is the primary hub for Auric Air and also serves as Precision Air’s secondary hub.

The Mwanza non-directional beacon, as well as the Mwanza VOR-DME, are both located on the field.

Expansion of the Mwanza Airport

A passenger lounge at the Mwanza airport is expected to have a capacity of 1 million passengers annually is being constructed. It was expected to be ready for use by September 2014. The Tanzanian government’s failure to pay Chinese contractor, Beijing Construction Company Group, delayed construction. It is expected that work will be completed by October 2015 if the government makes funds available to the construction company.

Mwanza Airport lounge
Mwanza Airport lounge

Airlines and Destinations at the Mwanza Airport

Passenger Airlines

Air Carrier Destinations
Coastal Aviation Zanzibar, Serengeti, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Selous, Manyara and Tarangire
Auric Air Mpanda, Rubondo, Musoma, Kigoma and Bukoba
Precision Air Dar es Salaam, Bukoba, Kilimanjaro region and Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)
Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam and Bukoba

Freight

Air Carrier Destination
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Astral Aviation Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)
Rwand Air Brussels

Air Force Base

The air force command of the Tanzanian army runs an airbase on the southeastern part of the Mwanza airport. The airbase has direct access to runway 30.

MiG-21 parked at Mwanza Airforce Base
MiG-21 parked at Mwanza Airforce Base

Mishaps and Incidents at the Mwanza Airport

On the 1st of March 2020, a Boeing 737-200 5H-MWZ belonging to Air Tanzania suffered considerable damage when it ran off the runway on landing. This led to the collapse of the nosewheel and eventual damage to the engine.

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