Julius Nyerere International Airport – (JNIA) is the largest and the busiest International Airport in Tanzania. It is one of the 58 airports and airstrips managed and operated by Tanzania Airport Authority – TAA which is a semi-autonomous government agency that operates, manages, and develops all government owned airports in Tanzania mainland.
The airport was formerly known as Dar es Salaam International Airport (DIA). JNIA was renamed in back in 2006 in honor of the first President and the Founder of the Nation of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius KambarageNyerere. The JNIA is located southwest, 12km from the Dar es Salaam city center and is strategically located for easy accessibility by road, rail and sea. On average it handles 2.5 million passengers a year and the number is expected to grow to 2.8 million passengers when the under construction new Terminal three building becomes operational by June, 2019.
The airport has three (3) passenger terminals, terminal one for general aviation and terminal two for scheduled domestic and international flights and terminal three for scheduled international flights. The government (has constructed Terminal three (TBIII) is whichis the largest terminal at JNIA with a capacity of handling up to 6,000,000 passengers annually. In addition the JNIA has a freight terminal for all cargo operations. The terminal buildings are supported by two cross runways; 05/23 which is 46 meters wide and 3,000 meters long and; 14/32 which is 30 meters wide and 1,000 meters long. JNIA is currently served by more than 20 scheduled international airlines linking Dar es Salaam with the rest of the world. It is also connected to all major tourist attractions in Tanzania by more than 50 charter aircraft. Making the airport the connecting point for leisure travelers be it hunting expeditions or wildlife safari.