Mwanza Airport

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The Mwanza International Airport
Uwanja wa Ndege wa Mwanza  (Swahili)
Mwanza Airport.png
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Tanzania
Operator Tanzania Airports Authority
Location Ilemela District, Mwanza, Mwanza Region, Tanzania
Hub for Auric Air
Focus city for Precision Air
Elevation AMSL 3,763 ft / 1,147 m
Coordinates 2°26′40″S 32°56′00″E / 2.44444°S 32.93333°E / -2.44444; 32.93333Coordinates: 2°26′40″S 32°56′00″E / 2.44444°S 32.93333°E / -2.44444; 32.93333
MWZ is located in Tanzania
Location of Mwanza Airport.
MWZ is located in Africa
MWZ (Africa)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,010 9,875 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers Increase 444,215
Aircraft movements Decrease 13,404
Cargo (kg) Decrease 1,825,972
Source: TAA[1]

Mwanza International Airport (IATA: MWZ, ICAO: HTMW) is a major regional airport in northern Tanzania serving the city of Mwanza. It is located near the shores of Lake Victoria about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the city. It serves as the main hub for Auric Air and a secondary hub for Precision Air.

The Mwanza VOR-DME (Ident: MV) and Mwanza non-directional beacon (Ident: MZ) are located on the field.[2]


A passenger lounge is under construction and will have a capacity of 1 million passengers annually. It was envisaged to be operational by September 2014.[3] Construction stalled after the Tanzanian government failed to make payments to the Chinese contractor, Beijing Construction Engineering Group and in December, 2014 construction was due to be completed by October, 2015 assuming that funds would be available.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam, Bukoba[5]
Auric Air Bukoba, Kigoma, Mpanda, Musoma, Rubondo
Coastal Aviation Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Manyara, Selous, Serengeti, Seronera, Tarangire, Zanzibar
Fastjet Dar es Salaam,[6]
Precision Air Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta[7]


Airlines Destinations
Astral Aviation Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta

Air Force Base[edit]

MiG-21 parked at Mwanza AFB

The Tanzanian Army's air force command operates an airbase at the south eastern side and has a direct access to runway 30.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 1 March 2010, The Air Tanzania Flight 100, operated by Boeing 737-200 5H-MVZ sustained substantial damage when it departed the runway on landing and the nosewheel collapsed. Damage was also caused to an engine.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tanzania airport traffic statistics until 2015". Tanzania Airport Authority. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  2. ^ SkyVector Aeronautical Charts
  3. ^ "Chinese contractor to expand Mwanza airport". Dailynews, Tanzania. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ East African Business Week, Work on Mwanza airport resumes after lull, Sunday, November 23, 2014
  5. ^ "Local Destinations". Air Tanzania. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Destinations". Fastjet. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Destinations". Precision Air. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Air Tanzania B732 at Mwanza on Mar 1st 2010, veered off runway, nose gear collapsed". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 1 March 2010.