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Julius Nyerere International Airport

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Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATADARICAOHTDA) is the international airport of Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. It is located in Kipawa ward of Ilala District in Dar es Salaam Region of Tanzania. The airport has flights to destinations in AfricaAsiaEurope, and the Middle East. It is named after Julius Nyerere, the nation’s first president.


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”. A total of 9,501,265 passengers used the airport from 1980 to 2004, averaging 2,770 passengers per day.

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. 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. After completion of Terminal III, it is expected that Terminal II will be devoted solely to domestic passengers. 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).

The new Terminal 3 was constructed using the local funding, and it started its operation in August 2019. In October 2022, it was announced that Terminal 2 is all set to be renovated soon by the Government of Tanzania. In February 2022, Tanzania Airports Authority announced their plans of developing a four-star hotel and commercial complex at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).

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There are three terminals at Dar es Salaam airport.

Terminal 1 is a small terminal that handles chartered and private flights. It has an annual capacity of handling 500,000 passengers. This small terminal’s operations as an International Airport ceased in 1984 after completion of Terminal II.

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Terminal 2 is used for domestic and regional scheduled flights. It has a capacity of handling 1.5 million passengers. As of March 31st, 2023, The terminal is set to close in June this year temporarily for 2 years to make ways for renovation. 

Terminal 3 is the newest terminal that opened in August 2019. It is used for International flights. The terminal consists of two phases, Phase I and II. There are 58 businesses in the terminal categorized under retails, operational machines and provision of services.

Airlines and destinations


The following passenger airlines operate at the airport:

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Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
Air TanzaniaBujumburaBukobaDodomaEntebbeGeita
MtwaraMumbaiMwanzaNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Air ZimbabweHarare
AirlinkJohannesburg–O. R. Tambo
As Salaam AirZanzibar
Auric AirDodomaIringaMafia IslandMorogoroPemba IslandTangaZanzibar
Coastal AviationArushaKilwaMafia IslandManyara
MoshiPemba IslandSaadaniSelous
SeroneraSongo Songo IslandTangaZanzibar
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis Ababa
Ewa AirDzaoudzi
FlightlinkArushaKilimanjaroLake Manyara
Fly540MombasaNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Int’Air ÎlesMoroni
Kenya AirwaysNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
LAM Mozambique AirlinesMaputoNairobi–Jomo KenyattaPemba
Malawian AirlinesBlantyreLilongwe
Oman AirMuscatZanzibar
Precision AirAnjouanArushaBukobaEntebbe
MusomaMwanzaNairobi–Jomo KenyattaSeroneraZanzibar
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Tropical AirArushaMafia IslandZanzibar
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul, Lusaka
Uganda AirlinesEntebbe
ZanAirArushaPemba Island


Astral Aviation[32]Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Kenya Airways Cargo[33]Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Air Tanzania[34]Dubai,LubumbashiMumbaiKinshasa

1: Some of KLM‘s inbound/outbound flights to/from Amsterdam to Dar es Salaam make a stop in Kilimanjaro, some make a stop in Zanzibar (from 10 December 2020) while others are nonstop. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.

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