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Julius Nyerere International Airport

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]

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 (2017)
PassengersIncrease 2,385,456
Aircraft movementsIncrease 75,240
Cargo (tonne)Increase 22,014
Source: TAA[1]



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 destinationsEdit

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, Harare,[10] Entebbe,[11] Iringa,[12] Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo,[13] Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Lusaka,[10] Mbeya, Moroni, Mtwara, Mumbai ,[14] Mwanza, Songea, Tabora, Zanzibar
Air ZimbabweHarare (suspended)[15]
As Salaam AirZanzibar
Auric AirDodoma, Iringa, Mafia Island, 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 (suspended),[16] Kigoma,[17] Kilimanjaro, Lusaka (suspended),[18] Mbeya, Mwanza[19]
Fly540Mombasa, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Int'Air ÎlesMoroni
Kenya AirwaysNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
LAM Mozambique AirlinesMaputo, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Pemba
Malawian Airlines Blantyre, Lilongwe
Oman AirMuscat, Zanzibar[20]
Precision Air[21] Arusha, Bukoba, Entebbe, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Moroni, Mtwara, Musoma, Mwanza, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Seronera, Zanzibar
Qatar Airways Doha
South African Airways Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Swiss International Air LinesZürich2
Tropical AirArusha, Mafia Island, Zanzibar
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[22]
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[23]
Martinair Cargo / KLM Amsterdam


There are three terminals at Dar es Salaam airport.

Terminal 1Edit

Is a small terminal that handles chartered and private flights.

Terminal 2Edit

Is used for bigger domestic flights and international flights.

Terminal 3Edit

Is the newest terminal that will open in August 2019. It will be used for International flights. The terminal consists of two phases, Phase I and II.

Renovation and expansionEdit

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 had concluded in October 2018, according to the Tanzanian Minister of Works, Transport and Communications, Professor Makame Mbarawa.[24] One of the engineers, Rehema Myeya shared that there are plans of building a hotel within the airport premises.[25] In June 2019, the new Terminal 3 was ready, catering way for international flights.[26][27] BAM International is all set to upgrade Terminal 2 that has been in service for over 28 years that will only be used for Domestic flights.[28]

Other facilitiesEdit

  • Flamingo restaurant offers lunch and dinner
  • Travelstart Tanzania Airport Office, a travel agency
  • Bhatia traders, a store offering luxury watches, super-premium spirits, Cognacs and fragrances.
  • Tasty Life, a fast food restaurant


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 incidentsEdit

  • 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.[29]
  • 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.[30]
  • 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.[31]


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