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Michuzi ([email protected]), Aug 10, 2010
The Abeid Karume International Airport, Zanzibar
The recently expanded runway of the spice islands international airport was officially opened last week. The rehabilitation and extension of the airports single runway now permits larger wide bodied airplanes to land, as operations into Zanzibar were hitherto restricted to smaller aircraft like the B737, the Bombardier CRJ and larger turboprop planes being able to land and take off. At the opening ceremony it was also announced to change the current name Kisauni to Abeid Karume International Airport in recognition of the first president of Zanzibar. The tourism sector of Zanzibar expressed satisfaction over the completion of the work at the airport and are now busy lobbying international tour operators and airlines to fly either nonstop or via another airport in the region to Zanzibar, so that tourists can reach the island from Europe and elsewhere without having to change planes enroute. Zanzibar only last week underwent a referendum to create a government of national unity between ruling party and the opposition, to end constant political arguments and prevent the periodic outbreak of violence prior and after elections, which had in the past led to unfavourable anti travel advisories.

 

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airlines that Fly to Zanzibar:
Air Tanzania
Precisionair
Ethiopian Airlines
Kenya Airways
Fly540
Lufthansa
Condor
Meridiana
Jetairfly
Bluexpress
South African Airways-during high season
 

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updates

Construction to start in January 2011

 

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Very nice!

Tanzania has a lot of projects going on.
 

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Very nice!

Tanzania has a lot of projects going on.
Zanzibar desperately needs this airport. The current one can't cope with the tourist/business/local travellers numbers. Ethiopian flies daily to znz.
 

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awesome , it shud be ready when i come to visit again
 

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awesome , it shud be ready when i come to visit again
As the newspaper written in Kiswahili...construction was supposed to start this january.I think it will take min 2 years to construct.
 

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Fantastic Zanzibar need it. I think personally the Mainland government should help Zanzibar one more in terms of finance..
 

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And i would like to update us about the project
It is going as per schedule...pilots flying in and out say they see progress. I am not worried about this project as opposed to the proposed Terminal 3 for Dar. It hasn't even started yet.
 

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more renders from the contractor





thanks for sharing Kiligoland.

Apparently The Zanzibar Authorities preferred this post-modern design over a more traditional Zanzibari design.I didn't see it but being a tourist destination, it should have its own unique design.Let Dar have modern designed airport.

It looks like a huge book from above.
 

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I like it...
 

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thanks for sharing Kiligoland.

Apparently The Zanzibar Authorities preferred this post-modern design over a more traditional Zanzibari design.I didn't see it but being a tourist destination, it should have its own unique design.Let Dar have modern designed airport.

It looks like a huge book from above.
:) :cheers:
 
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