When the ongoing revamp is completed later this year, Tanzania’s main International Airport, Julius Nyerere International Airport will be able to host in excess of 6 million passengers annually and receive all major international airlines.
As matters stand, major airlines like British Airways do not land at JNIA and so passengers who use the flight and are destined for Tanzania have to take a connecting flight or be received on the Kenyan side and driven into Tanzania.
The direct flights will go a long way in boosting the country’s tourism sector, the biggest foreign exchange earner having brought in $2.3 billion last year alone. .
The 60 000 square metres is meant to almost triple the airports 2.5m annual passenger capacity to the prospected 6 million passengers per year.
Airlines that use Tanzania’s main airport include KLM, Emirates, Swiss International Air Lines, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.
BAM International: The Dutch Contractor Behind The Facelift
Netherlands’’ BAM International is handling the JNIA expansion works. It was handed the tender (2013) to complete Phase 2 of the new Terminal 3, a project valued at EUR 100million.
The funding is partially by the government of Tanzania and the ORET Fund from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The project is a joint venture between the UK based BAM Nuttall. And the designers Bam Advies & Engineering.
Once completed, terminal 3 will now handle international flights while terminals 1 and 2 will be for domestic flights alone.
Phase 1 comprised construction of the main terminal building that now can handle some 3.5 million passengers annually. It also included construction of parking lots, access roads, platforms and a taxiway.
Phase 2 cover upgrade of the ground lighting system, taxiways, secondary runway and apron and improvements of the drainage system..
Earlier, the project was scheduled for completion in August 2016 but due to financial constraints and the then new Value Added Tax Act, which removed exemption on imported construction materials.
Expounding further, he said the government has agreed to pay VAT on the materials in which up to January 19, Treasury Voucher and Cheque (TVC) reached about 1bn/- for the payments. He said the delay hindered the completion of the project at the set time.
Moreover, he said, from December 2016 to date, the government owes the contractor about 22bn/- and consulting engineer a total of 839,928.88 US dollars and 229.9m/- as arrears for seven months from June to December 2016.