Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

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Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Aerial view of Zanzibar airport.jpg
WMO: 63870
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Zanzibar
Operator Zanzibar Airports Authority
Serves Zanzibar City
Location Unguja Island, Zanzibar
Hub for ZanAir
Elevation AMSL 54 ft / 16 m
Coordinates 06°13′19.56″S 39°13′29.57″E / 6.2221000°S 39.2248806°E / -6.2221000; 39.2248806Coordinates: 06°13′19.56″S 39°13′29.57″E / 6.2221000°S 39.2248806°E / -6.2221000; 39.2248806
ZNZ is located in Tanzania
Location of airport in Tanzania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,007 9,865 Asphalt
Passengers 539,202 (2009)[1]
Aircraftmovements 14,302 (2005)[2][3]
Metric tonnes of cargo 566 (2005)[2][3]
Old Terminal Building

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA: ZNZICAO: HTZA) (Swahili: Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Abeid Amani Karume) is the main airport in the Zanzibar Archipelago located on Unguja Island. It is about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Zanzibar City, the capital of Zanzibar. It was previously known as Kisauni Airport and Zanzibar International Airport. It was renamed in 2010 in honour of Abeid Amani Karume, the island's first president. The airport has flights to East Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. A new passenger terminal is under construction and is expected to be operational in 2014.


Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 is active for all landing aircraft. A new shelter on the entrance of the airport has been put in place.[citation needed]

Terminal 2[edit]

Construction of the second terminal started in January 2011 by the Chinese Beijing Construction Engineering Group. A new apron of 100,000 square metres (1,100,000 sq ft) will replace the existing 21,000 square metres (230,000 sq ft).

The project is estimated to cost about US$70.4 million. On completion, it will have the capacity to serve up to 1.5 million passengers per year.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

On approach to the airport


Airlines Destinations
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Auric Air Dar es Salaam, Pemba Island, Tanga
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Bologna
Coastal Aviation Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kilwa Masoko, Mafia Island, Manyara, Mwanza, Pemba Island, Serengeti, Tanga, Tarangire[citation needed]
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam
Fly540 Mombasa, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
flydubai Dubai–International [5]
Jetairfly Winter seasonal: Brussels
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta[6]
Mango Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Meridiana Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Mombasa
Neos Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Oman Air Muscat
Precision Air Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Qatar Airways Doha (begins 1 July 2015)[7]
Regional Air Services Arusha
Tropical Air Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Pemba Island
ZanAir Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous


Airlines Destinations
Alitalia Seasonal charter: Rome–Fiumicino
Arkefly Charter: Amsterdam
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal charter: Mombasa
Neos Seasonal charter: Milan–Malpensa
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal charter: Prague


Airlines Destinations
Astral Aviation Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Kenya Airways Cargo Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Mombasa


  • Number of flights handled (2005): 14,302[8]
  • Passenger Traffic (2005): 418,814[8]
  • Cargo handled (2005): 566 tons[8]


A Eurofly Airbus A330-200 had a winglet severely damaged by Precision Air ATR 5H-PWC which was taxiing. The tailfin of the ATR impacted the right-hand wingtip of the Eurofly Airbus. It is not known whether the ATR received bad marshaling instruction which led to the collision. The parking situation in Zanzibar has been extremely chaotic in recent times. The matter will now be investigated by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority.[citation needed]


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