Tanzania's Sumbawanga Airport Upgrade Moves Ahead

Beijing Construction Engineering was awarded a US$23.3 million contract in April.

By Liz Bains on
23rd June 2023

The expansion and renovation of the Sumbawanga airport in Tanzania’s Rukwa region has got underway, according to the Tanzania Road Agency, TANROADS.

In April, TANROADS awarded a Tsh55.9 billion (US$23.3 million) contract to Beijing Construction Engineering for the expansion and renovation of the airport. The contact period is 18 months, with a defect liability period of 12 months.

Sumbawanga airport currently has a 1,516-metre-long, 30-metre-wide gravel-level runway. The project will extend the runway to 1,750 metres.

As well as the expansion and renovation of the runway, the project involves the construction of a new passenger terminal, taxiway, aircraft apron, access roads, car park and security fence and the installation of a new navigation aid lighting system.

The terminal building will have the capacity to handle 150,000 passengers a year. 

It is hoped the airport upgrade will stimulate growth in tourism, investment and trade in the Rukwa region. The project is being supported with a loan from the European Investment Bank. 

Photo: Arusha airport, Tanzania (© Oleg Doroshenko | Dreamstime)

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