Dar Es Salaam Airport

Drop on the largest city in Tanzania via Dar Es Salaam (DAR)  


Dar Es Salaam (DAR) International Airport is also known as Julius Nyerere International Airport. It serves the Dar Es Salaam City which is the Tanzania’s central hub for economic reason and physical location. It is also the Tanzania’s largest city. The airport is one of the busiest in all over Tanzania and features direct routes to cities destinations across African continent and to major cities of Europe. Also, the aiport links with the destinations in Middle East. DAR Airport serves as a base for Air Tanzania and Precisionair.

The international airport of Dar Es Salaam is located in the southwest region, 12 km away from the central city area. The airport was renamed to Dar es Salaam in the year 2006, from its former label. The name was given to honor the first ever president of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere. DAR airport served 1,829,219 passengers in the financial year 2011.


The German authorities from the colonial government were the first to provide the blueprint and constructed the airport in 1918. The initial spot was located in Tanganyika at Kurasini in the district of Temeke. They named it Mkeja Airport.   

In 1954, the structure of Terminal I of DAR Airport was constructed. Likewise, in 1952 the structure of Terminal II was commenced by the Government of Tanzania in 1982. The construction was completed during the year 1984.

During the year 2005, October, formerly known as Dar es Salaam International (DIA) Airport was renamed to Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport. Then in 1st November 2006 it was again renamed to Julius Nyerere International Airport.

During the operational year of its service to 2004 from 1980, a total number of 9 million passengers used the airport to reach their destinations. The average passengers per day calculated is 2770.

In the year of 2013 in April, The contract agreement between the authorities of Tanzania Airports and Dutch company, BAM international was signed for the construction of Terminal III. The first stage of the plan was to construct the terminal with an estimated capacity of passenger with figure of 3 million on yearly basis. In coming years, the second phase of construction would result to an added capacity of passengers figuring extra 2.5 million on yearly basis. After the construction of Terminal III, employment of Terminal II will be only for the sake of domestic passengers.    




Dar Es Salaam (DAR) Airport provides facility to aircrafts of various carrier associations and they serve passengers in millions to various destinations all over the whole world. Those include: Air Tanzania Airlines, Air Malawi, Emirates Airlines, Air Mozambique, Kenya Airways, South African Airlines, Air Uganda, Precision Air, Swiss International Airline, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Egypt Air, Zambezi Airlines, Rwanda Air, Oman Air, Turkish Air,, Astral Aviation Services and DHL Airlines.


The International Airportof Julius Nyerere has been honored with some of the prestigious recognition in its operational timeline. Here are few of them:

·         DAR Airport was shortlisted among the best six airports in “World Routes Marketing Awards - 2012”

·         It scooped the first place in the award ceremony of 8 Routes Africa on the 7-8th of July, 2013.

 Routes and Destinations

Numerous airlines as well as cargo airlines plye their course via Dar Es Salaam (DAR) Airport. Since, we have already mentioned operating airline. List of the carriers are:

Passenger airlines – Air Excel, Air Seychelles, Air Tanzania, Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, Comores Aviation, Ewa Air, Fastjet, fly Dubai, Kenya Airways, RwandAir, South African Airways, Tropical Air and Zan Air.   

Cargo planes – This airport also associates with cargo airlines. These cargo carriers with respective destinations include: Astral Aviation – (Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, MartinairCargo/KLM- Amsterdam, Etihad Airways- Abu Dhabi, Nairobi and Safair.

How to check-in

For those of you who hate queue online check-in is available. Surf the website for check in procedure. Nevertheless, you can check-in at counters in airport. You can put down your bags at the airline counter but pick up at least an hour before departure. It will depend where you are travelling. You can check in a night previous to your departure flight and then simply go off through security checkpoint. However, some airlines may charge you.


Baggage and Allowance

Before proceeding through check-in section, all passengers with their baggage are screened to make sure that no prohibited items and hazardous substances are included. While security check -in seems like a hassle, actually they are intended for passengers’ safety and protection including of flight personnel, fleet and infrastructures in common.


 You can verify your seating position at the airport’s counter. Seating position will vary depending on your airline.  

Booking fee

In accordance to your airline, tickets and seat booking fee will vary. You can either book online or at airport desk or deal with third parties involved.     


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 Airport Contact Details

Dar Es Salaam Airport

Box 18032,

Tel:+255 (0)51 2843403

 Location Details

Longitude:39° 12' 6'' E
Latitude:6° 52' 31'' S

 Airport Location

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