Tanzania: construction of major airport terminal on course

03 February 2017

The construction of a major airport Terminal in Tanzania is well on course, minister for Works, Transport and Communications Prof Makame Mbarawa has announced.

The minister said work at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) is currently 65% complete.Mbarawa added the new terminal will ensure that international arrivals will be extended 6 million passengers per annum in a total terminal area of 60,000 m2.He said that the contractor who was working on Phase I and II of the project has pledged to deliver the project at a cost of 560bn/-.

He further said the construction work was expected to be completed in December, while the government was also implementing other rehabilitation projects in 13 airports countrywide, including Songwe, Kilimanjaro International Airports (KIA) and Sumbawanga.The minister said in 2014 the total flow of passengers at JNIA reached 2.5 million beyond its normal capacity of 1.2 million. Terminals 1 and 2 will be used for domestic flights, which grew by 7.4% in 2014.

The minister also added that the government is set to increase funds towards improving the transport sector which is the backbone of the economy.

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