Overview of the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar

Overview of the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar

Situated on Unguja Island, the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is the principal airport in the Zanzibar Archipelago. It is nearly 5 kilometres south of the capital of Zanzibar, Zanzibar City. The airport has flights to various destinations in Europe, East Africa and the Middle East.

Previously, the Abeid Amani Karume International airport was known as Kisauni Airport and Zanzibar International Airport. In 2010, it was rechristened in honour of the first president of the island, Abeid Amani Karume.

Zanzibar airport VOR-DME
Zanzibar airport VOR-DME

South approach and takeoffs are over the water. The Zanzibar non-directional beacon is located on the field, while the Zanzibar VOR-DME is situated 0.4 nautical miles off the south edge of the runway.

Terminals at the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is an unused terminal that was used during British protection of the archipelagoes. It is a small building located on the northern end of Terminal 2. It is presently used as the Abeid Amani Karume International airport office.

Terminal 2

This terminal is available for all landing airplanes. A new shelter at the airport entrance has been erected.

The new Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Terminal 3
The new Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Terminal 3

Terminal 3

A Chinese construction company, Beijing Construction Engineering Group, started work on the construction of a third terminal at the Abeid Amani Karume International airport in January 2011. A new 100,000-square-metre apron will replace the current 21,000-square-metre apron. It is projected that the project will cost close to $70.4 million. It is expected to have the capacity to serve 1.5 million travellers each year, once completed. The new terminal was projected to become operational in 2014. However, financial and technical issues led to delays in construction works. The new terminal was opened in 2020 and is expected to become operational by the end of December 2020. Once it begins operation, the terminal will handle international flights while Terminal 2 will handle local flights only.

Airlines and Destinations at the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Passenger

The air carriers listed below operate passenger flights at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Air Carrier Destination(s)
Auric Air Pangani, Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Saadani, Pemba Island, Mafia Island, Serengeti, Maasai, Kilimanjaro region, Mara, Kigali, Arusha, Entebbe, Mikumi, Ruaha, Songea, Iringa and Selous
Coastal Aviation Tanga, Mafia Island, Pemba Island, Manyara, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Kilwa Masoko, Mwanza and Seronera
Royal Flight Periodic charter:  Rostov-on-Don, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Samara, Kazan, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Moswcow (Sheremetyevo)
Azur Air Periodic charter: St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Samara, Rostov-on-Don and Moscow (Vnukovo)
ZanAir Dar es Salaam, Selous, Saadani, Arusha and Pemba Island
Flightlink Limited Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Seronera and Pemba Island
Neos Periodic: Verona, Bologna, Rome (Fiumicino) and Milan (Malpensa)
As-Salaam Air Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Pemba Island and Arusha
Precision Air Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Pemba Island and Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)
Blue Panorama Airlines Periodic: Rome (Fiumicino), Milan (Malpensa) Periodic charter: Warsaw (Chopin)
Tropical Air Pemba Island, Dar es Salaam and Mbeya
Ethiopian Airlines Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa
Animawings Periodic: Cluj (Napoca), Bucharest
Fly540 Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta), Mombasa
Oman Air Muscat, Dar es Salaam
Luke Air Periodic charter: Prague (To begin August 5, 2021)
Utair Perioic charter: Moscow (Vnukovo)
Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam
TUI fly Netherlands Periodic: Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Periodic charter: Warsaw (Chopin)
Nordwind Airlines Periodic charter: Moscow (Sheremetyevo)
Enter Air Periodic charter: Wroclaw
Flydubai Dubai (International)
Condor Periodic: Frankfurt
Arkia Periodic: Tel Aviv
Kenya Airways Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)
Mango Johannesburg (OR Tambo)
TUI fly Nordic Periodic charter: Stockholm (Arlanda. To begin November 6, 2021)
Qatar Airways Doha
Uganda Airlines Entebbe
Israir Periodic: Tel Aviv
KLM Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Regional Air Services Arusha
Malawian Airlines Lilongwe
Lufthansa Frankfurt

Freights at the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Air Carrier Destination(s)
Kenya Airways Cargo Mombasa, Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)
Astral Aviation Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta)

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