By Azania Post Reporter
The construction of terminal three at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) has been completed by 68%, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Makame Mbarawa has said.
The project’s good progress brings hope that the country will soon more than double its passenger capacity at its main airport, he said.
The minister said the construction was progressing well and that the government was still expecting the job to be complete before the end of this year.
He also hinted that the construction of the outside facilities has also been completed.
“I am told that experts are currently installing some vital materials, including cargo handling machines inside the building,” he said.
Upon completion, terminals 1, 2 and 3 of the airport will handle a total of 9 million passengers annually.
Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) is the largest and the busiest International Airport in Tanzania, located in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania.
The airport is one of the 58 government-owned airports and airstrips, operated, developed and managed by Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA).
JNIA is about 12 km southwest of the city. The airport was formally known as Dar es Salaam International Airport (DIA) before it was renamed in 2006 in honor of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first President of the United Republic of Tanzania who died in 1999.
The airport saves flights to and from different destinations including Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Currently, there are two terminals, terminal one and terminal two.
The government is constructing terminal three (TB III) which will be the largest terminal at JNIA with a capacity of handling up to 6,000,000 passengers annually.