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
The Julius Nyerere International Airport during the night.
Airport typePublic
OwnerTanzanian Government
OperatorTanzania Airports Authority
ServesDar es Salaam, Tanzania
LocationJulius K. Nyerere Road,Terminal II,Dar es Salaam,Tanzania
Hub for
Elevation AMSL182 ft / 55 m
Coordinates06°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
WebsiteAirport Website
DAR is located in Tanzania
Location of Julius Nyerere International Airport
DAR is located in Africa
DAR (Africa)
DAR is located in Earth
DAR (Earth)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
14/32 1,000 3,281 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
PassengersIncrease 2,496,394
Aircraft movementsDecrease 75,240
Cargo (tonne)Increase 22,014
Source: TAA[1]

Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATA: DAR, ICAO: 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.[2]


The reinforced concrete roofs at Terminal II are designed to resemble a forest canopy.
The Radar Tower.
Terminal III under construction as of 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".[3] A total of 9,501,265 passengers used the airport from 1980 to 2004, averaging 2,770 passengers per day.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] After completion of Terminal III, it is expected that Terminal II will be devoted solely to domestic passengers.[6] 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).[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The Map of Destinations available from Dar es Salaam Airport

The following airlines operate at the airport:[8]


AB AviationMoroni
Air MauritiusMauritius
Air TanzaniaBujumbura[9], Bukoba, Dodoma, Entebbe[10], Kilimanjaro, Kigoma, Mbeya, Moroni, Mtwara, Mwanza, Songea, Tabora, Zanzibar
Air ZimbabweHarare (suspended)[11]
As Salaam AirZanzibar
Auric AirDodoma, Iringa, Mafia, Morogoro, Pemba Island, Tanga, Zanzibar
Coastal AviationArusha, Kilwa, Mafia Island, Manyara, Moshi, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous, Seronera, Songo Songo Island, Tanga, Zanzibar
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis Ababa
Ewa AirDzaoudzi
Fastjet TanzaniaHarare, Kigoma,[12] Kilimanjaro, Lusaka, Mbeya–Songwe, Mwanza[13]
Fly540Mombasa, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Int'Air ÎlesMoroni
Kenya AirwaysNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
LAM Mozambique AirlinesMaputo, Nampula, Pemba
Malawian Airlines Blantyre, Lilongwe
Oman AirMuscat, Zanzibar[14]
Precision Air[15] Arusha, Bukoba, Entebbe, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Moroni-Comoros, Mtwara, Musoma, Mwanza, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Seronera, Zanzibar
Qatar Airways Doha
South African AirwaysJohannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Swiss International Air LinesZürich2
Tropical AirArusha, Mafia Island, Zanzibar
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul–Atatürk (ends 31 December 2018), Istanbul–Havalimanı (begins 1 January 2019)
ZanAirArusha, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous, Zanzibar

Notes: 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.


Astral Aviation Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Kenya Airways Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Lion Air Cargo Brussels[16]
Martinair Cargo / KLM Amsterdam

Renovation and expansion[edit]

As of February 2018, the construction of Terminal 3 which is expected to raise current passenger capacity at JNIA from 2.5 million to 9 million annually, is expected to conclude in October 2018, according to the Tanzanian Minister of Works, Transport and Communications, Professor Makame Mbarawa.[2]


Traffic figures[1]
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Aircraft Movements 21,879 31,539 32,074 37,035 44,289 49,523 50,604
Number of Passengers 586,325 621,513 652,002 703,483 822,398 1,011,392 1,124,235
Total Cargo (Metric Tons) 11,567 14,618 14,467 12,552 12,338 17,863 15,575
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Aircraft Movements 53,218 55,938 61,954 57,790 62,620 70,460 75,564
Number of Passengers 1,249,419 1,450,558 1,542,778 1,422,846 1,556,410 1,829,219 2,088,282
Total Cargo (Metric Tons) 15,617 18,456 23,039 18,844 19,675 23,946 25,412
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Aircraft Movements 77,185 77,990 75,240 75,749 74, 286
Number of Passengers 2,348,819 2,478,055 2,496,394 2,469,356 2,385,456
Total Cargo (Metric Tons) 21,891 21,255 22,014 17,398 17,031

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.[17]
  • On 18 May 1989, an Aeroflot flight flying an 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.[18]
  • 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.[19]


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  2. ^ a b Zacharia, Alfred (13 February 2018). "Government says no more delays in JNIA work". The Citizen (Tanzania). Dar es Salaam. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  3. ^ ""Main airport changes name, yet again"". Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  4. ^ "DIA becomes Mwalimu JK Nyerere..." Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Tanzania: State Seals Contract to Build Terminal Three at Dar Airport", Daily News, reported by Abdulwakil Saiboko, reprinted at allAfrica website, 19 April 2013
  6. ^ a b Andy Brown (2018-06-19). ""BAM wins contract for phase 2 of Dar es Salaam airport", ''International Construction'', KHL Group, reported by Mike Hayes, 30 October 2015". Khl.com. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
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  8. ^ "Airline Operators". Tanzania Airports Authority. 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
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  11. ^ "Air Zimbabwe (UM) #438 ✈ FlightAware". Flightaware.com. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  12. ^ "Fastjet launches sixth route in Tanzania". The Citizen. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  13. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Fastjet network changes from Dec 2016". Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  14. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Oman Air S17 changes as of 09MAR17; Singapore suspensions". Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  15. ^ "PrecisionAir - Home". Precisionairtz.com. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  16. ^ "Lion Air Cargo flight LE 3720: Multiple routes". FlightMapper.net. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Baaa-Acro Archives 1950". Baaa-Acro. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Ilyushin 62 Aeroflot Hijacking Description". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  19. ^ "3 injured in Tanzania KQ plane mishap". Capital FM. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

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