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Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) whic is between Kilimanjaro region and Arusha city (IATA: JRO, ICAO: HTKJ) is an international airport located in Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. The airport serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi. The airport handled 802,731 passengers in 2014 and mainly serves regional flights as well as a few long-haul services due to its importance as a leisure destination. It is the largest airport in northern Tanzania, by size and passenger volume.

Many international visitors also go to national parks in Tanzania, to the Indian Ocean coast, to islands such as Zanzibar, and to Lake Victoria, reflected in the routes of connecting flights. With a runway almost 12,000 feet long, the airport can handle aircraft as large as Boeing 747s and Antonov 124s.  The airport served 665,147 passengers in 2012, a 3.7 percent increase over 2011.  The airport served 802,731 passengers in 2014, of whom 45 percent were international, 38 percent domestic, and 17 percent transit.

Kilimanjaro Airport opened on 2 December 1971 and cost US$13 million to build. The construction was financed by a long-term loan from the Italian government.[6] In 1998, it became the first international airport in Africa to be privatised and is operated by the Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company. The airport facilitates the tourism industry for visitors travelling to four Regions: Arusha Region, Kilimanjaro Region, Mara Region and Manyara Region. These four regions are home to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, and elsewhere. The airport bills itself as the “Gateway to Africa’s Wildlife Heritage.

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