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i have some concerns on the renders. Where is the parking lot?
The focus of the expansion at Mwanza airport will be on the terminal, parking and other areas except the runway. Among the benefits of upgrading the Mwanza airport to international standards is that it will increase international flights and boost international business in the Lake Zone regions.
Source: http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/local-news/33620-two-local-airports-set-for-major-expansion
 

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Project overview

The airport is being upgraded from Aerodome Reference Code D to E i.e. accommodate aircraft with a wingspan of 52 - 60 metres and an Outer Main Gear Wheel Span of 9 - 14 metres. The project will cost about TSh 105 billion [GoT: 85 bn; BADEA and OFID 20 bn].

Source: http://issamichuzi.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/mhe-pinda-kukagua-ujenzi-wa-kiwanja-wa.html

Further reading: Aerodrome Standards: Aerodrome Design and Operations; Table 1-1. Aerodrome reference code, pg 17 http://www.icao.int/safety/Implementation/Library/Manual Aerodrome Stds.pdf


The 500 metre runway extension under construction. Image credit: Google Maps


It's great to note that there is ample space within the airport's vicinity for future expansion such as a second runway. Image credit: pparrado / Panoramio


Mwanza Air Force Base. Image credit: Hervato / Panoramio
 

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Flood control

I'd like to ask: does anyone know what precautionary measures has the TAA taken to ensure that the airport is not flooded again? In November 2011, I understand it was due to the nearby Kimilagalabu River overflowing into the airport. I therefore hope that upgrade project has taken this into consideration. Possible measures could be the construction of an embankment (dike) along the course of the river. [Source: http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/?l=35403]

 

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Funding shortfall

Available reports indicate that the government has only paid Sh 1.6 billion out of the required Sh 12 billion for the completed work to.. Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

The deputy minister Charles Tizeba [said] that delays in disbursement of payments have interrupted the project implementation schedule. It was to be completed by October, this year, but a lot of work is pending such as construction of a terminal building.
Source: The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/LA...unds/-/1840392/2430924/-/kie7vuz/-/index.html
 

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Dar airport is a temporary one; in the next 10yrs we will have no choice but build a new greenfield airport in a new location (there is no expansion room at the current one).
Ndugu Kijian,

I humbly beg to differ with your notion that there isn't any room for expansion at JNIA. I believe these slides from the Tanzania Airports Authority [TAA] are self explanatory.



I thought the current runway capacity was 30 aircraft per hour. Glad to note that this has been increased to 55.




Kitunda appears to have an open space near the airport's vicinity. Perhaps, it could prove useful in the future. [Image credit: Google Maps]




Possible runway expansion options.



TAA has already commenced planning for a new airport at Bagamoyo with an aerodrome reference code of 4F! :| According to ICAO, this implies the aircraft's wing span will be "65m up to but not including 80m".
 

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TRIVIA...

This article was published on The Citizen's website on 21 December 2014 - four days after I uploaded a slide about JNIA's forecast. Could this be a coincidence? IF yes, then I'm glad that this forum is being read by our Fourth Estate.

We can therefore hope that at least some of our constructive criticisms that we present here could potentially be taken taken on board by the respective authorities.

It is estimated that air craft movement per hour at JNIA will double from 78,000 in 2013 to 154,333 in 2020 making the runway insufficient to accommodate such a growing demand.

In his presentation during the 2014 World Airport Summit held in September, Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA) chief executive officer Suleiman Suleiman said such forecast air traffic suggested the present runway would not provide sufficient capacity beyond 2020.

Source: Dar ‘4th worst airport’ in Africa, The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/Busines...frica/-/1840414/2564692/-/qvxer1/-/index.html
 

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Update: January '15

Summary:

  • Runway to be extended to 3.8 km - it will be the longest in the country; followed by KIA (3.6 km), Songwe (3.33 km), JNIA and AAKIA (both 3.0 km)

  • Phase I includes the extension of the runway by 500m, a cargo terminal, air control tower, taxiways and cargo apron, a car park, new terminal building for passengers, turning loops, connecting roads, taxiways, aviation fuel farm and drainage system.

  • Phase II entails the construction of a parallel taxiway, strengthening of runway shoulders, construction of security fence, building a cold storage facility, a hotel, maintenance hangar and more connecting roads.

  • At present, the terminal building has three lounges: Departures, Arrivals and VIP; and has a capacity for 200 pax at any given time. Annual throughput capacity 0.5 million pax. (It served 439,128 pax in 2013).

  • The airport has been operating 24/7 since 17 July 2011

  • The road from the CBD to the airport will be expanded to four lanes.
Source: Setting Pace for Improved Air Services in Mwanza by Ester Mwakyusa, Daily News http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/features/40226-setting-pace-for-improved-air-services-in-mwanza
 
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