Tanzania is constructing a high capacity airport in the new administrative capital Dodoma to meet and accommodate the anticipated growth in air transport in the city
The new site will be built within the district of Msalato, 12km from the capital.
Msalato International Airport will feature a passenger terminal, a runway and the installation of air navigation equipment. A fuel distribution company, water supply systems, electrical power distribution substations and a fire-fighting service are among other features of the mega project.
Expected annual capacity for the new Msalato International Airport is approximately 50,000 aircraft and one million passengers, most of which are predicted to be international.
The airport will benefit over 200 million passengers in East Africa, as well as international trade networks – particularly business travellers and tourists.
Construction of Msalato International Airport is expected to take four years to complete.
Already the African Development Bank‘s Board of Directors has approved a $272.12 million loan to Tanzania which will be used in the construction of the new international airport.
“An expanded air transport network in Dodoma, together with the ongoing high-speed railway construction on the central corridor, are necessary infrastructure investments to help unlock and disperse spatial development in the countryside,”said Amadou Oumarou Director of Infrastructure and Urban Development Department at AfDB.
“This will strengthen the city’s potential as a strategic growth pole in keeping with Tanzania’s national development aspirations of fostering shared growth for all the regions.”