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Mwanza being the second largest city in Tanzania,

i have some concerns on the renders.:eek:hno::eek:hno::eek:hno:

-Where is the parking lot?
-Do we have some provision for shopping mall/s?
-Do we have a reliable road to&from the airport?, the single lane is not enough!!
-Mwanza being on the West of Serengeti and the fastest growing city in East Africa, is Tanzania ready to convice the tourists not to use Jommo Kenyatta Int.Airport after Serengeti exit from Karatu gate?
-Apart from Malaika Beach Resort own effort, is there a provision of the for Hotels within the Airport?

NAAAAAH:cheers:
 

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Thanks Alifazal,
I raised the concern following the questionable render released. Swahili saying:- Seeing is to believe and words doesn't raise anything.
With me, i don't think Arusha needed such expansion costing more than 100bn at the same time Kilimanjaro International Airport is also on expansion.
To be realistic perhaps Mwanza airport render was okay for Kigoma or Mbeya, Gents take a tour at Mwanza Airport today and comment.
I lived in Dar- the past 16years i spent in Dar and current last 4yrs in Mwanza, i'm a frequent flyer between these destinations, Mwanza is unstoppable it is growing very fast,
Goldmine companies now 5 sites have got charters that fly everyday to either Dar or Nairobi to connect international flights some they land at Mwanza for refueling. Most Burundians/Rwandees/EastCongelese opt for Nairobi JKIA,
Tanzania has an opportunity here lets discover and use it the right way.:banana::banana::banana:
 

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who is financing this?
SUB VOTE 2005: TRANSPORT INFRASTRU-CTURE DIVISION
4156
Construction of Kigoma Airport
3,500.00
27,800.00
31,300.00
GOT/IDA/EIB
4158
Construction of Mpanda Airport
1,800.00
-
1,800.00
GOT
4159
Construction of Tabora Airport
2,800.00
12,800.00
15,600.00
GOT/IDA/EIB
4206
Construction of Songwe Airport
8,500.00
-
8,500.00
GOT
4209
Construction of Mwanza Airport
8,000.00
3,482.79
11,482.79
GOT/BADEA
4210
Construction of Arusha Airport
500.00
500.00
GOT

Benki ya Kiarabu ya Maendeleo ya Afrika (BADEA)
 

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Thanks RockyCity,

The good thing of this tower I found is positioned on top of the hill. An amazing look out as if you are at Ngorongoro or Lake Manyara look outs.
In few years to come We shall to see perhaps QANTAS and American Airways. Coming here from Perth and Atlanta (GA) straight carrying Tourists on the way to Serengeti Westerngate which is less than one hour drive from Mwanza.

Will keep you Updated in every stage until Completion-Cheers guys
 

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Sijui ni macho yangu lakini ujenzi unaoendelea unaonekana kua mkubwa sana kua just Control Tower. Au labda due to angles that the photos are taken from.
Kijan,

i didn't manage to find the render of this project even though will keep trying, the good thing is U/C

Perhaps you have never thought of but let me tell you today

This Airport will save as a hub for Greatlakes Zone, as i said earlier Serengeti Western entrance gate is just one hour or less drive. Therefore will expect to see many flights landing at this airport as i guess it might be the next option after Jommo Kenyatta Int Airport.
As you can see Alshabab troubles in Kenya are some of the shortcomings to use Jommo Kenyata Int Airport. Mwanza Airport will be there to take cover.

Kilimanjaro Int Airport might be at risk-(Take it or burn it its my thinking anyway). The reason why many flights can't land at KIA is because of the mountain on either sides. Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru causes troubles especially when it comes there is a delay and wait on air. This is not new, it is known by the management and that is reason Why Kilimanjaro Int airport is not operating at full capacity/just think yourself what was the next option when Jommo Kenyatta caught fire last time? KIA okay...... how many planes landed at KIA? Why Just one?????

Mwanza being above the sea level than Dar Es Saam or Coast in General is another natural merit have got, it takes few minutes for the plane to reach 35,000+ft above the Sea level and applies the same during landing/descending. At this stage again on advantage side.

Its for these reasons you see Mwanza is coming nicely but silent!:cheers:
 

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According to one of the Chinese supervisor whom i met at the site early today he said, the render for the Airport has changed, they are waiting for the new renders. however after completing the control tower, they will continue with Cargo building.

This is good and the i hope the neglected chinese render at JNIA will be relocated to Mwanza
 

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Informative!

Written by Byase Lueteke
Sunday, 25 November 2012 16:30
LET'S give credit where it’s due. It was Zitto Kabwe who during the Bunge Budget session in Dodoma seemed to appreciate the strategic location of Mwanza Airport and how it can become an international airport that
will act effectively as a tourist gateway for the Serengeti National Park and its environs. Because of its proximity to the Serengeti, Mwanza Airport is a natural and ideal entry and exit point for tourists visiting the world famous attraction. At the moment Serengeti-destined tourists either fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive to the park or fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and cross the border into Tanzania and then proceed to the park. Indeed a time consuming affair.

The news that the government has accepted to rename Mwanza Airport to Serengeti International Airport (SIA) is the move in the right direction. This position was affirmed by the Mwanza Regional Commissioner in response to the suggestion by the Chairman of the Mwanza-based tourism stakeholders. The view that the change of name to SIA will raise the international profile of the Lake Victoria-based airport has some merit. Serengeti is the world-recognized name so associating it with the airport very close to it (more than any international airport) can only be an advantage. Of course this can be implemented once the ongoing works including the runway extension are complete.

Why not now? As it is Mwanza Airport is already an international airport.
This is because for an airport to be categorized as an international airport it basically needs a couple of things; firstly, it must be a designated Entry and Exist point with established immigration and customs offices to handle foreign aircraft or international flights operating at that airport. Secondly, apart from having a Meteorological station, there must an Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN), a communication link with the Flight Information Region (FIR) or Flight Control Centre (FCC) and an Aircraft Search and Rescue capability. This boils down to setting up a full time aircraft control tower at the airport. Thirdly, the fire services at that airport must be commensurate with the size of the aircraft operating at that airport. Fourthly, it must have aircraft fuelling facilities. And finally, there must be runway lightings so that that airport can be operational even at night when required. Mwanza Airport has this basic infrastructure so it’s indeed an international airport.

That said, it is one thing to be called an international airport but quite another to become a truly international airport outfit. In its current state Mwanza Airport cannot cope with major traffic inflows especially of the tourist nature due to the following shortcomings; first, the current runway is too limited to handle wide-body aircraft such as the MD11, A330 and B747-400 which are normally used for tourist charters. Second, Mwanza Airportis somehow seen as a run of the mill outfit. For instance, apart from its terminal building not being user friendly, it’s a very old building in a terrible state of disrepair. Not only this. It’s poorly facilitated in terms of ground handling facilities, inadequate passenger and baggage holding areas, non-existent public communications facilities, banking services and poor public health facilities and other amenities like restaurants, etc. These are must-have facilities for a tourist gateway because they create the first (good or bad) and lasting impression of the country.

Hopefully the ongoing works at the airport will fix once and for all the nagging problem of runway water drenching which is said to have caused the ATCL’s B737-200 accident in 2009 and early this year the airport had to be closed for prolonged hours because of this hiccup prompting this column to brand Mwanza Airport as the nation’s “eyesore”

The development or improvement of Mwanza Airport cannot be done in isolation. This development should go side by side with other infrastructure development. For example, the road network leading into/out of the airport is still wanting, the hospitality industry (hotels) though improving still lags behind cities like Arusha. This boils down to the government and the private sector working in unison to bring about the desired development because the former cannot do it alone.

In this regard there’s an urgent need for the planners to put together a holistic program for Mwanza town. For example, it would be pointless to promote the new “Serengeti International Airport” as the gateway and cost effective way to visit the Serengeti Park when the existing hotel infrastructure cannot accommodate a huge influx of tourists transiting through Mwanza town. What I am trying to drive home is that the push for Mwanza Airport which is essentially government driven should go simultaneously with the infrastructure improvement which, by and large, is a private sector initiative.

There’s another aspect in the efforts to prop up Mwanza Airport. This airport just like Entebbe International Airport and Kisumu International Airport is strategically located (thought it plays second fiddle to these airports) in the so called Great Lakes Region. Its proximity to major cities like Kigali, Bujumbura and major towns in the eastern DRC-Lubumbashi, Kalemie, Goma and Kisangani makes it a natural transshipment point which could serve well this area. Meanwhile, Mwanza town is very close to three major gold mining companies of North Mara, Geita and Biharamulo. For instance, once the airport is upgraded it can become a hub for big freighters for consolidated cargo destined for north-western Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern DRC. At the moment most of the bulk cargo destined for the mines comes in via Nairobi because Mwanza Airport cannot handle big aircraft freighters. If this happens Mwanza town can become a beehive of activity in terms freight trucking and give a much-needed boost to the local economy. What is required is for the government to put its money where its mouth is so that this airport could play its rightful economic role in Tanzania and in the region as a whole.

The long and short of this discourse is this; rebranding Mwanza Airport to Serengeti International Airport is a good idea but serious work must go into it. It’s not good enough to say that once the airport has been upgraded to truly international standards it will automatically become a tourist gateway. You need parallel infrastructure to support the airport so that the new brand i,e SIA can truly reflect the famous Serengeti brand lest the whole concept comes down tumbling like a pack of cards. The good example that has measured up to the Serengeti brand is the Serengeti Beer which is very well-liked and respected in the market. Being the first point of contact tourists must really feel at home the moment they land at SIA and enjoy their tour all the way to the park and back. In other words good service delivery, affordable tourist packages, safety and security are the keys elements in improving the country’s competitiveness in the tourist markets. This how we can make it to the big “league” of tourism contenders such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa because Tanzania has all it takes to be there

Source: http://www.businesstimes.co.tz/inde...rengeti-okay-but-&catid=35:features&Itemid=29

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http://www.businesstimes.co.tz/inde...er-ea-economies&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=57
 

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Airport expansion to make Tanzania's Mwanza regional transport hub:
English.news.cn 2014-08-24 01:23:18

DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda on Saturday inspected progress on the 66-million-U.S. dollars expansion project of Mwanza airport on the Lake Victoria shore, an senior official said.

"The expansion of the airport will make Mwanza a transport hub for the Great Lakes region and international flights from across the world," said Charles Tizeba, Tanzania's deputy minister for Works.

Tizeba said the expansion of the airport by Beijing Construction Engineering Group of China will be able to serve over 2 million passengers a year from the current 500,000 passengers a year.

He said the expansion of the airport involved the renovation of its control tower and the expansion of the runway from 2,000 metres to 3,300 metres.

The government of Tanzania was contributing 53 million dollars for the expansion project and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) granted a 13 million dollars loan, he said.

"Mwanza airport has now earned international status," Tizeba said, adding that the airport will allow the landing of huge aircraft, including cargo aircraft such as Boeing 747s.

He said that the construction works began in June 2012 and will be completed in October 2015.

The construction works include improvements for parking areas for both passenger and cargo planes, parking for cars, departure and arrival terminals and the control tower

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2014-08/24/c_133578980.htm
http://www.tanzaniainvest.com/trans...a-mwanza-airport-expansion-project-progresses
 

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UPANUZI WA KIWANJA CHA NDEGE MWANZA UTAKAVYONUFAISHA WANANCHI KIUCHUMI
*Zaidi ya wakazi miloni 15 wa Kanda ya Ziwa kusafirisha mboga, maua, nyama nje
*Pinda asema hata wale wa Nchi za Maziwa Makuu watapata fursa za kiuchumi
*TAA yajipanga kuufanya wa kimataifa kama JNIA, KIA zitue ndege Boeing 747
*Safari za wanaotaka kwenda Ulaya, Marekani na Asia sasa kuanzia Mwanza

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http://www.taa.go.tz/index.php/download/publications/6-upanuzi-wa-kiwanja-cha-ndege-mwanza/file
 

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Thanks Rockycity:
More to come....

Chinese Investors Ink pacts to turn Mwanza into Africa's Shanghai
A Team of Chinese investors and the authorities in Mwanza, Tanzania's second largest city after Dar es Salaam, have signed memorandum of understanding for investments in eight major areas. The areas include tourism and agriculture, authorities said on Monday.


Halifa Hida, Mwanza city director, said among the major investments the city signed with the Chinese investors were construction of satellite cities in Luchelele and Igoma suburbs in a bid to improve wildlife and cultural tourist attractions on Saanane Island and the Serengeti National Park.

"The Chinese investors who visited the city were impressed by abundant investment opportunities found in the region," said Hida.
He said that the Chinese investors will cooperate with their local counterparts through the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) in implementing various projects in tourism, business and agricultural sectors.

Officials and business executives from Mwanza's sister city of Yangpu in China's Shanghai toured Mwanza last week and signed the pacts in the attendance of the city's top officials.

Hida said the Chinese investors' visit to Mwanza followed a tour of the region's officials to China in August this year.
"I believe Mwanza residents will benefit in terms of infrastructure, employment and investments from the just signed agreements," Hida said.

Ma Xiaohua, the chairman of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference of Yangpu, said he was impressed with Mwanza and its abundant investment opportunities and promised to work closely with residents and the authorities in implementing projects signed in the agreements.


SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=75571
 

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Hivi Termnial builidng Construction imeanza,au itaanza lini?
Mara ya mwisho nilipotembelea site na kuongea na mmoja wa Chinese alisema kuwa kwenye ile render awali kuna mabadiliko. Mpaka sasa sijapata jibu la uhakika ni mchoro gani utatumika. Ila jambo ambalo wameconsetrate nalo kwanza ni Control tower ambayo wanamalizia na sasa wanaanza kushuka toka kilimani hadi huku chini kwenye site ya jengo la mizigo baada ya hapo Terminal building.
 

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Informative.

Ndege zinazoonekana upande was kulia ni za mizigo na jengo tayari lishaanza kujengwa ingawa kwa kusuasua.

Kama fastjet peke yake inayobeba abiria wasiopungua 200 inaleta abiria Mara 4 na kubeba Mara 4. Ni ishara tosha kuwa Mwanza Inastahili uwanja was kimataifa.
KIA na MWZ zikiisha itabaki Ni issue ya flight schedules ili watalii wawe wanaliunga.

Mahotel ya kila hadhi pia yapo.
 

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According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs budget speech, Fly Dubai will later start flying to Mwanza and Mbeya.
Mashirika mengi tu yataanza.
Ninahakika SAA mayo itatua Mwanza baada ya ujenzi.
Kwa sasa inatua Kigali ndio maana Air Rwanda inakuja Mwanza.


Nchi yetu serikali ikijipanga vizuri mapato na utalii vitaongezeka Mara dufu.
 
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