Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

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Abeid Amani Karume
International Airport
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, 2013.jpg
WMO: 63870
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 06°13′19.56″S 39°13′29.57″E / 6.2221000°S 39.2248806°E / -6.2221000; 39.2248806Coordinates: 06°13′19.56″S 39°13′29.57″E / 6.2221000°S 39.2248806°E / -6.2221000; 39.2248806
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 KGs 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 was still ongoing in August 2015. 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
Alitalia Seasonal charter: Rome–Fiumicino
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Coastal Aviation Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kilwa Masoko, Mafia Island, Manyara, Mwanza, Pemba Island, Serengeti, Tanga
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich (begins 25 March 2016)[3]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam
Fastjet Dar es Salaam,[4] Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo[5]
Fly540 Mombasa, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
flydubai Dubai–International [6]
Flightlink Limited Dar es Salaam, Pemba Island, Arusha, Serengeti
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta[7]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Mango Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Meridiana Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Mombasa
Neos Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal charter: Bologna Verona
Oman Air Muscat
Precision Air Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Qatar Airways Doha1
Regional Air Services Arusha
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal charter: Prague
Tropical Air Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Pemba Island
TUI Airlines Netherlands Charter: Amsterdam
ZanAir Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Pemba Island, Saadani, Selous


1: 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.


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]


  1. ^ "TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS STATISTICS ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2014". Tanzania Airport Authoirty. Tanzania Airport Authoirty. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Zanzibar forms Airports Authority, modernises aviation infrastructure". Business Times (Tanzania). Retrieved 17 January 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ airliners.de (German) retrieved 23 June 2015
  4. ^ "Fastjet Adds Zanzibar Route from Jan 2016". Airlineroute.net. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Fastjet Links Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar". Fastjet. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "flydubai announces three routes in Tanzania". flydubai. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kenya Airways to Resume Zanzibar Service from June 2014". Airline Route. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c http://www.zanzibar-airport.com/public/php/about_profile.php

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