Tanzania plans to build its fifth international airport in Dodoma, the country's capital, says Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.
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), on monday. The new route has been launched after the completion of the expansion of the small airport in Dodoma.
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.
Majaliwa said that the new international airport would be built in the Msalato area, located 14 kilometres from the Dodoma city centre, and 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 current Dodoma airport facility can only accommodate small and mid-sized planes.
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.
"This will make Dodoma busy, hence having an international airport is important," he said, adding that the new development will stimulate socio-economic development in the central Tanzania region.
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.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK