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Tanzania: 2016 Opening Date for Kilimanjaro TerminalThursday, March 26, 2015 > 10:43:54
Kilimanjaro International Airport is set to reaffirm its strategic position as Tanzania's tourist hub when a new terminal building is opened in July 2016 writes ELISHA MAYALLAH.
Kilimanjaro International Airport is situated between Moshi and Arusha in northern Tanzania and is one of the popular gateways into Tanzania. This is especially for foreign visitors to Serengeti National Park or Ngorongoro Crater.
BAM International of Netherlands has won a $37 million (£26m) design and construct contract to renovate and extend Kilimanjaro International Airport.
The funding for the airport's refurbishment project was partly granted by the Dutch fund-ORIO for the development and implementation of this project, of up to Euro 15 million while the balance is guaranteed by commercial financing arranged by the government of Tanzania.
The Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO) Managing Director, Bakari Murusuri, signed the agreement between the airport's management and BAM International said completion of the multiple work on refurbishment will allow KIA handle the rapidly growing air traffic.
Harko Kloeze, the East and Central Africa's Managing Director, and Eric van Zuthem, the Area Manager for Tanzania signed the agreement on behalf of BAM International.
The scope of work which has been contracted to the Dutch firm, BAM international includes the refurbishment of the terminal building, the construction of a new parallel 1.1 kilometre taxiway and the extension of the existing apron and taxiways.
Repairs to the existing runway, drainage works and airfield lighting installation will also be carried out.
The building is expected to accommodate ultra-modern restaurants as well as a modern passengers' waiting lounge.
BAM has completed two rehabilitation projects already and is currently constructing a new terminal building at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam, the largest airport in Tanzania. JNIA handles most of long haul flights entering or leaving Tanzania airspace.
JNIA and KIA are the two main airports earmarked by the Tanzania government to get major expansions to keep them at par with other regional airports, and to keep pace with the growing traffic.
The old terminal which is still in use was built in 1971, and it was meant to handle 200,000 passengers annually. KIA now receives nearly one million passengers annually and likely to raise this year to 1.2 million passengers.
After winning the Routes' 'Best Airport in Africa 2014' Award, KIA is working hard not only to maintain the status, but also to improve services in order to become the world's best airport and terminal of choice in the East African region.