Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The prime minister said that construction of the proposed airport is part of the fifth-phase of the government’s mission of improving air transport in the east African nation.
He unveiled the plan when addressing the official launch of a new route from the coastal city of Dar-es-Salaam to Dodoma for the national flag carrier, Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL). The new route has been launched after the completion of the expansion of the small airport in Dodoma.
Majaliwa said that the new international airport would be built in the Msalato area, located 14 kilometres from the Dodoma city centre.
Upon its completion will be Tanzania’s fifth international airport, after Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam), Kilimanjaro International Airport, Songwe International Airport (Mbeya), and Mwanza International Airport.
The new development comes at the time when the Tanzanian government plans to add the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to the national carrier’s fleet by 2018.
The government had acquired two Bombardier Q400 planes, which are now operated by national flag carrier.
The Prime Minister said the move to build a new airport for Dodoma was in line with Tanzania’s move to shift government offices from the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, to Dodoma.