The Governments of Tanzania and Netherlands awarded the Dutch company BAM International with a EUR 37 million contract for the rehabilitation and extension of Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
The framework includes the refurbishment of the terminal building (44 years old), the construction of a new parallel taxiway and its extension, reparations on the runway as on the drainage and sewage works as well.
The work is expected to start in July 2015 and to be completed by early 2017.
The project is being funded by the Dutch Grant Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO) with EUR 15 million, and the Tanzanian Ministry of Finance with EUR 22 million.
This project is part of the ZAR 450-million upgrade at KIA, which is required to accommodate the expected future growth in air traffic at the airport, and that will be overseen by the South African engineering consultant Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV).
The project is intended to make facilities’ extensions for providing capacity for future growth and enhance the passenger’s experience, due to the recent traffic growth that has exposed capacity and flow of passengers’ constraints at KIA.
13 air carriers are currently operating at KIA with 25 different destinations between Europe, Middle-East, Asia, and Africa.
According to the Tanzanian Ministry of Transport, KIA experienced an average yearly growth of 3.74% in the last four years.
With a total traffic of 665,147 passengers in 2012, and over 690,000 in 2013, the Tanzanian Government expects this number to surpass the million before the year 2025.