ROUTES: Tourism driving Tanzanian airport investment

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Tanzania is investing in new airports and the redevelopment of its existing hubs off the back of increasing numbers of tourists and a growth in agricultural exports.

Julius Nyerere International airport, in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, is undergoing a large-scale development. "Terminal 3 is currently under construction for 36 months. It will replace T2 as the international terminal, while T2 will concentrate on domestic traffic,” says James Benedict Diu, director economic regulation.

“The traffic going in to Julius up to December last year was two million people, including tourists and domestic passengers, and once T3 is operating we expect these figures to rise,” he says.

The country has more than 20 airports and it is the international gateways that are seeing the most improvements.

Besides Julius, there is also work and improvements going on at Kilimanjaro International, Mwanza Airport and Abeid Amani Karume International airport – which is located in Zanzibar.

“We are also here at Routes to promote our new airport Songwe International airport in Mbeya,” says Diu. “This airport will be a hub for southern African countries and also a hub for agricultural and horticultural products from our country going by air to Europe and other parts of the world.”

As for route development, Diu says the civil aviation authority is concentrating on Europe, Southeast Asia and China.

“Only last month we signed with Singapore. We’re looking at disposable income and many people in the Far East have the capital to spend. We are a great tourist destination and the country is politically stable,” he says.