About The Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport, covering close to 110sq.km was officially inaugurated in December 1971 and was designated as "The Gateway to Africa's Wildlife Heritage"
The airport became the first international airport to be privatized in Africa in 1998 and is now operated by Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO), a company fully owned by The Government of Tanzania.
The airport is strategically situated between two regions of Kilimanjaro and Arusha in Northern Tanzania. Arusha and Kilimanjaro are considered ideal regions for tourism, investment opportunities and business activities due to their economic potentialities and unique tourist attractions.
The regions are popularly known as East Africa's best tourist destinations or commonly known as the northern tourism circuit with a combined population of over three million people.
Another local specialty in the region is the presence of the precious gemstone ‘The Tanzanite’. Tanzanite can only be found only in Mererani hills which situate few miles from the airport. The gemstone is in huge demand worldwide due to its multi color appearance as well as its limited availability.
The Arusha-Moshi area is also a production center for creating demand for cargo flight to Europe, Middle East and Far East. The Climatic condition of the region is tropical and the land is fertile which favors high yielding crops, cultivation and animal husbandry. Cash and Food crops such as Coffee, banana, maize, beans, and vegetables are widely grown in the region.
Facts and Figures
- List of Top 5 Airlines: KLM, Qatar, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, Condor Air
- Number of Serving Airlines: 12
- Number of Direct Destinations: 5
- Number of Terminals: 1
- Number of Runways: 1
- Length of Main Runway (m): 3600m
- Passenger Numbers (mppa): 643,000
- Cargo Tonnes (p.a.): 3,979.7 tonnes
- Ownership: Government
- Operational Opening Hours: 24 hours
- Total Catchment Population: 43,601,796 (July 2012 est.)
- Urban Population: 26% of total population (2010)
- Aircraft Parking Stands: 12