Julius Nyerere International Airport

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Julius Nyerere International Airport
Uwanja wa ndege wa Kimataifa
wa Julius Nyerere
Julius Nyerere International Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Tanzanian Government
Operator Tanzania Airports Authority
Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 182 ft / 55 m
Coordinates 06°52′41″S 39°12′10″E / 6.87806°S 39.20278°E / -6.87806; 39.20278Coordinates: 06°52′41″S 39°12′10″E / 6.87806°S 39.20278°E / -6.87806; 39.20278
DAR is located in Tanzania
Location of airport in Tanzania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
14/32 1,000 3,281 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers Increase 2,496,394
Aircraft movements Decrease 75,240
Cargo (t) Increase 22,013
Source: TAA[1]

Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATA: DARICAO: HTDA) is the international airport of Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. It is located about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southwest of the city centre. The airport has flights to destinations in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. It is named after Julius Nyerere, the nation's first president.


The reinforced concrete roof at Terminal II resembles a forest canopy
Control Tower
Radar Tower
Air Tanzania is the flag carrier
Emirates aircraft taxiing at JNIA
Terminal III under construction, July 2015.

In October 2005, "Dar es Salaam International Airport" (DIA) was renamed "Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport" and on 1 November 2006, "Julius Nyerere International Airport".[2] A total of 9,501,265 passengers used the airport from 1980 to 2004, averaging 2,770 passengers per day.[3]

In April 2013, the Tanzania Airports Authority signed a TSH 275 billion contract with BAM International of the Netherlands for the construction of the first phase of Terminal III, with a capacity of 3.5 million passengers per year.[4] In November 2015, the second phase was also awarded to BAM, at a contract price of US$110 million, and will add capacity for an additional 2.5 million passengers per year.[5] After completion of Terminal III, it is expected that Terminal II will be devoted solely to domestic passengers.[5] It is proposed to build a rail shuttle link from the airport to the city and rail coaches have already been bought for this (2014).[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Map of Destinations from Dar es Salaam Airport

The following airlines operate at the airport:[7]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
AB Aviation Moroni[8] 2
Air Excel Arusha, Zanzibar 1
Air Mauritius Mauritius 2
Air Tanzania Kigoma, Moroni, Mtwara 2
Air Zimbabwe Harare 2
As Salaam Air Iringa, Zanzibar 1
Auric Air Dodoma, Iringa, Mafia, Mbeya–Songwe, Morogoro, Pemba Island, Songea, Sumbawanga, Tanga, Zanzibar 1
Coastal Aviation Arusha, Bagamoyo, Kilwa, Mafia Island, Manyara, Moshi, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous, Seronera, Songo Songo Island, Tanga, Zanzibar 1
Comores Aviation Anjouan, Moroni 2
EgyptAir Cairo 2
Emirates Dubai–International 2
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 2
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Moroni 2
Ewa Air Dzaoudzi 2
Fastjet Harare, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kilimanjaro, Lusaka, Mbeya–Songwe, Mwanza,[9] Zanzibar 2
Flightlink Arusha, Dodoma, Manyara, Pemba Island, Selous, Seronera, Zanzibar 1
flydubai Dubai–International 2
Int'Air Îles Moroni 2
Interair South Africa Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo 2
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta 2
KLM Amsterdam1 2
LAM Mozambique Airlines Maputo, Nampula, Pemba 2
Malawian Airlines Blantyre, Lilongwe 2
Oman Air Muscat, Zanzibar[10] 2
Precision Air Arusha, Bukoba, Entebbe (begins 1 July 2017) [11] Mwanza, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Zanzibar 2
Qatar Airways Doha 2
RwandAir Kigali 2
South African Airways Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo 2
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich2 2
Tropical Air Arusha, Mafia Island, Zanzibar 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk 2
ZanAir Arusha, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous, Zanzibar 1


1: Some of KLM's inbound flights from Amsterdam to Dar es Salaam make a stop in Kilimanjaro, while others are nonstop. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam.

2: Swiss International Air Lines' flights from Zürich to Dar es Salaam make a stop in Nairobi. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.


Airlines Destinations
Astral Aviation Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Nairobi[12]
Martinair Cargo / KLM Amsterdam


Traffic figures[1]
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Aircraft Movements 44,289 49,523 50,604 53,218 55,938 61,954 57,790
Number of Passengers 822,398 1,011,392 1,124,235 1,249,419 1,450,558 1,542,778 1,422,846
Total Cargo (Ton) 12,337 14,375 15,574 15,616 18,455 23,039 18,844
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Aircraft Movements 62,620 70,460 75,564 77,185 77,990 75,240
Number of Passengers 1,556,410 1,829,219 2,088,282 2,348,819 2,478,055 2,496,394
Total Cargo (Ton) 19,675 23,946 25,412 21,890 21,254 22,013

Aircraft accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 3 January 1950, United Air Services flight, flying an Avro Anson C.19 with registration VP-TAT, crash landed at Dar es Salaam International Airport killing both cargo crew members.[13]
  • On 18 May 1989, Aeroflot flight flying a Ilyushin 62 was hijacked by a South African after the plane took off from Luanda, Angola. The hijacker was armed with a grenade and attempted to hold hostage the occupants of the plane that carried members of the African National Congress. The Hijacker was shot by a security guard as he attempted to enter the cockpit. The plane continued its scheduled stop at Dar es Salaam International Airport.[14]
  • On 11 April 2014, Kenya Airways flight KQ-482 flying an Embraer ERJ-190AR had a landing accident upon landing in heavy rains. The plane veered off the runway. All passengers and crew were evacuated, there were no reported fatalities and 3 passengers sustained minor injuries.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Consolidated Traffic Statistics" (XLSX). Tanzania Airports Authority. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Main airport changes name, yet again"
  3. ^ DIA becomes Mwalimu JK Nyerere...
  4. ^ "Tanzania: State Seals Contract to Build Terminal Three at Dar Airport", Daily News, reported by Abdulwakil Saiboko, reprinted at allAfrica website, 19 April 2013
  5. ^ a b "BAM wins contract for phase 2 of Dar es Salaam airport", International Construction, KHL Group, reported by Mike Hayes, 30 October 2015
  6. ^ http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/africa/single-view/view/new-zealand-trains-sold-to-tanzania-and-zimbabwe.html
  7. ^ "Airline Operators". Tanzania Airports Authority. 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Comoro airline launches Dar, Madagascar via Moroni flights". Daily News. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/270170/fastjet-network-changes-from-dec-2016/
  10. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/271777/oman-air-s17-changes-as-of-09mar17-singapore-suspensions/
  11. ^ Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Moroni-Comoros, Mtwara, [[Mwhttp://aviationtribune.com/airlines/africa/precision-air-resumes-flights-entebbe/
  12. ^ http://www.tanzaniainvest.com/transport/news/1163-tanzania-becomes-a-new-market-for-uae-etihad-cargo
  13. ^ "Baaa-Acro Archives 1950". Baaa-Acro. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Ilyushin 62 Aeroflot Hijacking Description". Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "3 injured in Tanzania KQ plane mishap". Capital FM. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 

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