This large-scale development of Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), set to be completed in 2017,will double capacity from 600,000 passengers annually to 1.2 million.

The Challenge

NACO’s sister company InterVISTAS has been assisting KIA in attracting new airlines. This has beenvery successful with several new routes to and from the airport now in operation. In parallel, our teamwas appointed to update the Airport Master Plan. This included provision of a new air traffic forecastand in-depth analysis of strategic phased future developments. The introduction of new airlines along with the increase in passenger traffic at the airport began tocause capacity constraints at the airside, aircraft parking areas and in the Terminal Building.Furthermore, the airside pavements showed signs of aging which needed to be addressed.

Our Solution

In 2013, we were contracted to assist the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO) withupgrading of the aircraft pavement and passenger terminal. This project was a crucial part of theexpansion of Tanzania’s second biggest airport which serves almost 80 per cent of all tourists visitingthe country each year and operates as a key entry point to the Northern Tourism Circuit. Overall development plans included the modernisation of all runways, apron, taxiways and passengerlounges. The design and construction programme was scheduled to ensure that all works could beconcluded while the airport remained fully operational.

The Outcome

In 2014, design and tender documentation was prepared for rehabilitation and extension of the airsidepavements. In 2015, a contractor was appointed for this project as part of a design and buildarrangement. The client requested our team to then carry out the design review, contractadministration and site supervision for the project.

It is expected that KIA’s expansion will not only contribute to strengthening of the tourism sector in northern Tanzania, but also to producing significant economic and infrastructure developmentopportunities for the region.