Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania

Julius Nyerere international airport is the largest airport in Tanzania. The airport is located 12km away from Dar es Salaam city. It was previously known as Dar es Salaam International Airport and was renamed in the honour of Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, in 2006. The airport is operated by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TAA).


The airport handled 1.82 million passengers and recorded over 70,460 aircraft movements in 2011, while handling 23.9 million tons of cargo.

Terminal construction at Julius Nyerere International Airport


TAA proposed to construct a third terminal complex at the airport. BAM International, a Dutch company, was awarded a contract worth €130m ($170m) for the design and construction of the first phase of the new terminal in April 2013.

BAM International will prepare the design of the new terminal in association with the Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) and BAM Advies & Engineering. It will form a joint venture with BAM Nuttall for the execution of the project.

The first phase of the project will include the construction of third terminal at the airport with a capacity to handle around 3.5 million passengers a year. The new terminal will handle international traffic, with the existing terminal 2 being converted into a domestic terminal.

The scope of work in the first phase will include the construction of the main terminal building, parking lots, access roads, platforms and a taxiway.

The second phase of the terminal construction will include increasing the capacity further to facilitate around six million annual passengers.

Recent expansions at Julius Nyerere International Airport


The airport underwent a number of expansions previously. The runway and apron at terminal 2 were upgraded with an investment of $29.9m in 2006. BAM International was the contractor for the renovation.

The airport infrastructure upgrade was completed in 2010. It consisted of rehabilitation of all taxiways and the air ground lighting. The project was completed with an investment of $36.7m, by the contractor BAM International.

Julius Nyerere international airport baggage handling systems


SITA Aero awarded a contract to Logan Teleflex for the installation of baggage handling system at the airport in October 2010. The scope of the project included supply and installation of 16 check-in counters. It also included providing screening line with innovative Rapiscan MVXR and 628XR X-ray machines, and providing level two and level three security baggage screening. The check-in counters were supplied by Gate Technology.

Terminal features of Julius Nyerere International Airport


The airport has two passenger terminals. Terminal one offers general aviation and charter services, while terminal two provides international and domestic flight services. The terminals feature international departure and arrival lounges, as well as domestic departures and arrivals lounges.

The passenger facilities at the terminal include a post office, bank, bureau de change, restaurants and cafeterias. The terminal also features a VIP lounge, duty-free shop, chemist shop, gift shop, travel agency and a tourist help desk. The airport also has a cargo terminal.

Julius Nyerere international airport runways


The airport has two runways; the first runway (05/23) is 3,000m in length, 46m wide and paved with asphalt, while the second runway (14/32) is 1,000m in length, 30m wide and is also paved with asphalt.

Maintenance facilities at Julius Nyerere international airport


The fixed-base operations (FBO) at the airport are provided by AN-aviation Service, Equity Aviation Services, Hadid International Services, Jetex, Miracle Flight Support, and Swissport Executive Aviation. It also features freighter docks, bonded warehouse, X-ray equipment and aircraft handling equipment.

Ground transportation and parking at Julius Nyerere airport


The airport offers convenient public bus transport with the bus stops located near the terminal. Taxis are offered for hire from the airport. A car rental office of Avis is located at the arrivals area in the terminal.