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Kilimanjaro International Airport

Kilimanjaro International Airport
WMO: 63791
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator KADCO
Serves Arusha and Moshi
Location Hai District, Tanzania
Elevation AMSL 2,932 ft / 894 m
JRO is located in Tanzania
Location of airport in Tanzania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,600 11,811 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers Decrease 802,371
Aircraft movements Decrease 19,942
Cargo (tonne) Increase 3,588
Source: TAA[1]

Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) (ICAO: HTKJ) is an international airport in northern Tanzania that serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi. The airport facilitates the tourism industry for visitors travelling to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, and elsewhere. The airport bills itself as the "Gateway to Africa's Wildlife Heritage".[2]


Many international visitors also go to national parks in Tanzania, to the Indian Ocean coast, to islands such as Zanzibar, and to Lake Victoria, reflected in the routes of connecting flights. Despite its small size, the airport can handle aircraft as large as Boeing 747s and Antonov 124s.[2] The airport served 665,147 passengers in 2012, a 3.7 percent increase over 2011.[3]

On 19 February 2014, the governments of Tanzania and the Netherlands signed a grant arrangement to rehabilitate the airport, including its aprons, taxiways, and terminal building. The total cost of the project is expected to be €35.5 million, with €15.0 million funded by the Netherlands and the remainder by Tanzania. The already completed design phase was financed entirely by the Dutch government.[4]


Kilimanjaro Airport opened on 2 December 1971 and cost US$13 million to build. The construction was financed by a long term loan from the Italian government.[5] In 1998, it became the first international airport in Africa to be privatised and is operated by the Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company.[2]

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines maintain regular, scheduled passenger and cargo service to Kilimanjaro International Airport.[6][7]

Airlines Destinations
Airkenya Express Nairobi-Wilson
Coastal Aviation Arusha, Entebbe, Kigali, Manyara, Mwanza, Seronera, Zanzibar
Condor Frankfurt
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Fastjet Dar es Salaam, Entebbe,[8] Mwanza[9]
Kenya Airways Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
KLM Amsterdam
Precision Air Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Kigoma, Mwanza, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Zanzibar
Qatar Airways Doha
Regional Air Services Arusha, Manyara
RwandAir Kigali
Safarilink Aviation Nairobi-Wilson
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk


: Condor's outbound flights from Kilimanjaro to Frankfurt make a stop in Mombasa. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Mombasa.

: KLM's outbound flights from Kilimanjaro to Amsterdam make a stop in Dar es Salaam or Kigali. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam or Kigali.

: Qatar Airways' outbound flights from Kilimanjaro to Doha make a stop in Zanzibar. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

: Turkish Airlines' outbound flights from Kilimanjaro to Istanbul make a stop in Mombasa. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Mombasa.



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  2. ^ a b c "KIA at a Glance", Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company
  3. ^ (Swahili)"Waziri wa Uchukuzi awasilisha Bungeni Makadirio ya Mapato na Matumizi ya Fedha ya Mwaka 2013/2014", Tanzania Ministry of Transport, page 60
  4. ^ "Tanzania and the Netherlands to rehabilitate KIA", Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company
  5. ^ 2 December 1971The New York Times,"Tanzania Airport Opens",
  6. ^
  7. ^ Partial Listing of Scheduled Airlines At KIA
  8. ^
  9. ^

External links

  • Official website
  • Airport information for HTKJ at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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