Kilimanjaro International Airport
|Kilimanjaro International Airport|
|IATA: JRO – ICAO: HTKJ
– WMO: 63791
|Serves||Arusha and Moshi|
|Location||Hai District, Tanzania|
|Elevation AMSL||2,932 ft / 894 m|
Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) (IATA: JRO, ICAO: HTKJ) is an international airport in northern Tanzania that serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi. The airport also serves the international tourism industry based on Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park. The airport bills itself as the "Gateway to Africa's Wildlife Heritage".
Many international visitors also go to national parks in Tanzania, to the Indian Ocean coast, to islands such as Zanzibar, and to Lake Victoria, reflected in the routes of connecting flights. Despite its small size, the airport can handle aircraft as large as Boeing 747s and Antonov 124s. The airport served 665,147 passengers in 2012, a 3.7 percent increase over 2011.
On 19 February 2014, the governments of Tanzania and the Netherlands signed a grant arrangement to rehabilitate the airport, including its aprons, taxiways, and terminal building. The total cost of the project is expected to be EURO 35.5 million, with EURO 15.0 million funded by the Netherlands and the remainder by Tanzania. The already completed design phase was financed entirely by the Dutch government.
Kilimanjaro Airport opened on 2 December 1971 and costed US$13 million to build. The construction was financed by a long term loan from the Italian government. In 1998, it became the first international airport in Africa to be privatised and is operated by the Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company.
Airlines and destinations
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (September 2014)|
- (Swahili)"Waziri wa Uchukuzi awasilisha Bungeni Makadirio ya Mapato na Matumizi ya Fedha ya Mwaka 2013/2014", Tanzania Ministry of Transport, page 60
- "KIA at a Glance", Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company
- "Tanzania and the Netherlands to rehabilitate KIA", Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company
- "Tanzania Airport Opens", The New York Times, 2 December 1971
- "Airline Operators". Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company. 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Partial Listing of Scheduled Airlines At KIA
- "flydubai announces three routes in Tanzania". flydubai. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
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