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Arusha Airport


Arusha Airport is one of 59 airports managed, maintained, and operated by the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA); the airport is classified as Group II. The airport serves only domestic flights and is located on the western side of Arusha city, approximately 7 kilometers (4 nautical miles) from the city center. Arusha Airport (IATA: ARK, ICAO: HTAR), also known as Arusha Airport, is a small airport in Tanzania with only domestic flights. It is located 4567 feet above mean sea level and has an average temperature of 23 oC. The longest non-stop flight from Arusha ARK to Dar es Salaam DAR is 300 miles (483 kilometers). Coastal Aviation operates this direct flight, which takes approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.

There are seven airlines that fly from and to Arusha. Air Excel, Auric Air, Regional Air, Coastal Aviation, Precision Air, ZanAir, and Air Tanzania are among these carriers. The most popular destinations from Arusha are Lake Manyara, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Seronera, Dar-es-Salaam, and Grumeti.


Colonel Grey, a big farmer cultivating coffee and sorghum in the areas of Burka and Mateves, built Arusha airport in 1956. After Tanganyika’s independence in 1961, the airport was officially handled by the government.

 After the breakup of the East African community in 1977, the airport was handed over to an agricultural department called Kilimo Handler to run. The Tanzania Airports Authority was established in 1999 as an executive agency tasked with operating and managing all government airports and airstrips on Tanzania’s mainland.

Arusha National park

The airport is managed by the airport manager, who also oversees and manages the Loliondo airstrip. Arusha Airport is classified as a code 3C airport by ICAO standards, Annex 14, Aerodrome Design Manual.

 After the completion of the runway extension project, the airport now has a runway of 1860 meters in length and 30 meters in width, with orientations of 09 and 27, PCN 15/F/B/Y/T, and turning pads at both ends.

 Arusha airport has five taxiways: taxiways A, B, C, D, and P (parallel taxiways), which connect the remote apron, runway 09, and taxiway A.”


  • The main apron area is 15,000 m2 in size and can accommodate three ATR 72 or Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft or 15 caravans (C208).
  • (ii)Remote apron service, The 8,925 m2 parking area can accommodate fifteen (15) C208 aircraft weighing less than 12 tons.

 Arusha Airport has a departure facility that can handle 219 passengers at once.


Arusha Airport is open twelve (12) hours a day, from sun set to sun rise; it does not operate at night.


The fire is classified as Category 5 (5), and the station is outfitted with all necessary rescue equipment, including communications facilities, fire chemicals, and other rescue equipment.


Arusha Airport is one of Tanzania’s busiest domestic airports because it is located in the safari city of Arusha, from which all northern Tanzania safaris depart. Visitors who prefer a fly-in safari to a drive-in safari can arrange an airport transfer from Arusha. Arusha Airport serves as a gateway to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Arusha National Parks. It is also the best option for flying from Tanzania on safari to Zanzibar for a beach vacation.

Arusha airport

Arusha Airport is well connected to other famous cities in Tanzania, such as Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mwanza City, Mbeya City, Tanga, Kigoma, Dodoma, Bukoba, and many more, making it easy to connect different safari regions available in the nation from Arusha. Arusha airport is also easily accessible from Nairobi, Kenya.


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