Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

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Abeid Amani Karume
International Airport
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, 2013.jpg
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 6°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
Location of airport in Tanzania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,007 9,865 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers Increase 934,337
Aircraft movements Increase 50,672
Metric kg of cargo Increase 1,735
Source: TAA[1]

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, 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.


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.[2] The new terminal was expected to be operational in 2014, but construction work is still ongoing as of October 2017. Once completed, terminal 1 will become the domestic flight terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Old Terminal Building
Aerial view.
On approach to the airport.


Airlines Destinations
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
As Salaam Air Arusha, Dar-es-Salaam, Pemba, Tanga
Coastal Aviation Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kilwa Masoko, Mafia Island, Manyara, Mwanza, Pemba Island, Serengeti, Tanga
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam
Fly540 Mombasa, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
flydubai Dubai–International
Flightlink Limited Dar es Salaam, Pemba Island, Arusha, Serengeti
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Malawian Airlines Lilongwe[3]
Mango Johannesburg-OR Tambo[4]
Meridiana Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Mombasa
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona1 (begins 26 December 2017)[5]
Seasonal charter: Bologna
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Oman Air Dar es Salaam,[6] Muscat
Precision Air Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Pemba
Qatar Airways Doha2
Regional Air Services Arusha
Sun d'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv[7]
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal charter: Katowice, Prague, Warsaw–Chopin
Tropical Air Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Pemba Island
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk3
ZanAir Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous

1: Neos' outbound flights from Zanzibar to Verona make a stop in Mombasa. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Zanzibar and Mombasa.

2: Qatar Airways' inbound flights from Doha to Zanzibar make a stop in Kilimanjaro. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

3: Turkish Airlines' inbound flights from Istanbul to Zanzibar make a stop in Kilimanjaro. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.


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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