Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

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Abeid Amani Karume
International Airport
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, 2013.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Zanzibar
OperatorZanzibar Airports Authority
ServesZanzibar City
LocationUnguja Island, Zanzibar
Hub forZanAir
Elevation AMSL54 ft / 16 m
Coordinates6°13′20″S 39°13′30″E / 6.22222°S 39.22500°E / -6.22222; 39.22500Coordinates: 6°13′20″S 39°13′30″E / 6.22222°S 39.22500°E / -6.22222; 39.22500
ZNZ is located in Tanzania
ZNZ is located in Africa
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,007 9,865 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
PassengersIncrease 934,337
Aircraft movementsIncrease 50,672
Metric kg of cargoIncrease 1,735
Source: TAA[1] GCM[2] Google Maps[3]

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (Swahili: Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Abeid Amani Karume, IATA: ZNZ, ICAO: HTZA) is the main airport in the Zanzibar Archipelago located on Unguja Island. It is approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Zanzibar City, the capital of Zanzibar, and has flights to East Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

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.

South approach and departures are over the water.[3] The Zanzibar VOR-DME (Ident: ZV) is located 0.4 nautical miles (741 m) off the south end of the runway. The Zanzibar non-directional beacon (Ident: ZZ) is located on the field.[4][5]


Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 is an inactive terminal that was used during British protection in the islets. This is a small building found on the northern side of terminal 2 and currently used as the airport office.

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 is active for all landing aircraft. A new shelter[clarification needed] on the entrance of the airport has been put in place.[citation needed]

Terminal 3[edit]

Construction of the third 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.[6] The new terminal was expected to be operational in 2014, but construction work delayed due to financial and technical reasons. The new terminal was inaugurated in September 2020 and is expected to be in operation by the end of December 2020. Once operational, terminal 3 will serve international flights while terminal 2 will become the domestic flights terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The old terminal building.
An aerial view of Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.
On approach to the airport.


The following passenger airlines operate at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam
Animawings[7] Seasonal: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
As Salaam Air Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Pemba Island, Tanga
Auric Air Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Iringa, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Maasai Mara, Mafia Island, Mikumi, Pangani, Pemba Island, Ruaha, Saadani, Selous, Serengeti, Songea, Tanga
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Kazan,[8] Moscow–Vnukovo,[8] Novosibirsk,[8] Rostov-on-Don,[8] St. Petersburg,[8] Samara[8]
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin[9]
Coastal Aviation Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kilwa Masoko, Mafia Island, Manyara, Mwanza, Pemba Island, Seronera, Tanga
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Wrocław[9]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam
Flightlink Limited Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Pemba Island, Seronera
Fly540 Mombasa, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
flydubai Dubai–International
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
KLM Amsterdam[10]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin[11]
Lufthansa Frankfurt[12]
Luke Air Seasonal charter: Prague (begins 5 August 2021)[13]
Malawian Airlines Lilongwe
Mango Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Neos Seasonal: Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Oman Air Dar es Salaam, Muscat
Precision Air Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Pemba Island
Qatar Airways Doha
Regional Air Services Arusha
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Kazan,[8] Krasnoyarsk,[8] Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[8] Novosibirsk,[8] Rostov-on-Don,[8] St. Petersburg,[8] Samara[8]
Tropical Air Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Pemba Island
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 6 November 2021)[14]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Uganda Airlines Entebbe[15]
Utair Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[8]
ZanAir Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS STATISTICS ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2014". Tanzania Airport Authority. Tanzania Airport Authority. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  2. ^ Airport information for Abeid Amani Karume International Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ a b "Zanzibar Airport". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  4. ^ "SkyVector: Flight Planning / Aeronautical Charts". skyvector.com. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Zanzibar NDB (ZZ) @ OurAirports". ourairports.com. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Zanzibar forms Airports Authority, modernises aviation infrastructure". Business Times (Tanzania). Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Flight schedule". animawings.com.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Liu, Jim. "Russian carriers NW20 Zanzibar charter service additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  9. ^ a b "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl.
  10. ^ https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/2/airlines/klm-gaat-op-zanzibar-vliegen?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  11. ^ "Charter flights". TUI.pl.
  12. ^ https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/newsroom/releases/summer-2021-six-new-long-haul-tourist-destinations-from-frankfurt.html
  13. ^ "Italy's Blue Panorama secures Čedok charter contract". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Only Flight". tui.se.
  15. ^ Liu, Jim. "Uganda Airlines to expand Regional network in 4Q20". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 October 2020.

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