Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Coordinates: 6°13′20″S 39°13′30″E / 6.22222°S 39.22500°E / -6.22222; 39.22500
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Abeid Amani Karume
International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Zanzibar
OperatorZanzibar Airports Authority
ServesZanzibar City
LocationUnguja Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Hub forZanAir
Elevation AMSL54 ft / 16 m
Coordinates6°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]

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, Zanzibar, Tanzania. 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.


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

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]

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.[3] The new terminal was expected to be operational in 2014, but construction work was delayed due to financial and technical reasons.[citation needed] The new terminal was inaugurated in September 2020 and started operation in early 2021.[citation needed] Terminal 3 serves international flights while Terminal 2 serves both domestic and some international flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Zanzibar Airport:

Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Tanzania Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Pemba Island (begins 17 April 2024)[4]
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,[5] Moscow–Vnukovo,[5] Novosibirsk,[5] Rostov-on-Don,[5] St. Petersburg,[5] Samara[5]
Coastal Aviation Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kilwa Masoko, Mafia Island, Manyara, Mwanza, Pemba Island, Seronera, Tanga
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt
Discover Airlines Seasonal: Frankfurt
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich[6]
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań[7]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam
Etihad Airways Seasonal: Abu Dhabi[8]
Flightlink Limited Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Pemba Island, Seronera
Fly540 Mombasa, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
flydubai Dubai–International
FlySafair Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo[9]
Global Aviation Charter: Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo[10]
Hi Fly Seasonal charter: Lisbon[11]
Israir Tel Aviv
Jambojet Mombasa (begins 1 July 2024)[12]
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
KLM Amsterdam[13]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Prague,[14][15] Warsaw–Chopin[16]
Malawi Airlines Lilongwe
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
Safarilink[17] Mombasa, Nairobi–Wilson
Tropical Air Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Pemba Island
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Uganda Airlines Entebbe[18]
Utair Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[5]
World2Fly Seasonal charter: Madrid[19]
ZanAir Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous


Astral Aviation[20] Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Kenya Airways Cargo[21] Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Mombasa


  • Number of flights handled (2005): 14,302[22]
  • Passenger traffic (2005): 418,814[22]
  • Cargo handled (2005): 566 tons[22]

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. ^ "Zanzibar forms Airports Authority, modernizes aviation infrastructure". Business Times (Tanzania). Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ @AirTanzania (13 March 2024). "Twen'zetu Pemba" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Liu, Jim. "Russian carriers NW20 Zanzibar charter service additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Edelwiess Zanzibar".
  7. ^ "Enter Air NW23 Zanzibar Charter Operations - AeroRoutes". Aeroroutes.com.
  8. ^ "Etihad launches winter flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Zanzibar". 30 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Safair Adds Zanzibar Service From late-June 2022". AeroRoutes. 12 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Zanzibar Flights".
  11. ^ "Hi Fly to operate a weekly charter flight between Lisbon and Zanzibar this summer" (in Portuguese).
  12. ^ "JamboJet Schedules Mombasa – Zanzibar July 2024 Launch". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  13. ^ "KLM gaat op Zanzibar vliegen". 7 October 2020.
  14. ^ "@flylot boeing 787 starts cooperation with @cdcedok. will operate flights to Maldives, Zanzibar and Dominican Republic". ch-aviation.com. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Tour schedule". Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Charter flights". TUI.pl.
  17. ^ "Fly Safarilink From Nairobi To Mombasa". flysafarilink. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  18. ^ Liu, Jim. "Uganda Airlines to expand Regional network in 4Q20". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  19. ^ "World2Fly adds Madrid-Zanzibar service in NS24". 22 January 2024. Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  20. ^ - Ex-Nairobi schedule Archived 9 April 2023 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 13 November 2022
  21. ^ kqcargo.com - Freighter Route Map retrieved 13 November 2022
  22. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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