Julius Nyerere International Airport is the principal airport serving Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. The airport is one of 62 airports and airstrips owned, operated, developed and managed by the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) on the Tanzania mainland.
The government of Tanzania embarked on an improvement program of its ageing airports’ infrastructure in the mid-nineties in order to open up more development opportunities and spur economic growth in Tanzania.
As part of this works programme, BAM has completed two separate phases of improvements at Julius Nyerere Airport, totalling €54m. The modernisation works now enable the airport to handle more than 30 planes an hour.
Phase 1 works set out to upgrade the 3.1km runway and the parking apron at the airport terminal to international aviation standards. To enable normal flight movements to continue without any interruption, the entire runway rehabilitation was performed during off-peak hours. Construction commenced daily after the last departure around midnight and the runway was handed over again to air traffic control before the first arrival every morning. With only seven hours at their disposal each night, milling and asphalt crews completed works to a total area of 187,000m2 over a seven-month programme.
Surfacing works also included renovation of the existing aircraft parking bays in front of the international terminal building. The remaining 74,000m2 of the apron were resurfaced with a new asphalt overlay and fuel resistant coating in selected areas. At the end of our works new reflective line markings were applied throughout. Alongside the surfacing works, part of the aerodrome ground lighting system was replaced and reconnected to the main power supply without interference to airport operations.
Phase 2 works included the rehabilitation and extension of all taxiways and the domestic and cargo aprons. Alongside these works the secondary runway was upgraded and further works to the airfield ground lighting system carried out. Improvement of the airport drainage system and environmental enhancements were also undertaken.
Taxiways P, T, Q, U, W, X, and Z were upgraded to ICAO Code E standard. The P1 link and P4 extension were newly constructed, along with a new turning pad at the main runway. Asphalt overlay works were carried out to the terminal 1 apron, taxiways and service road and the existing service road was also realigned. Drainage works included an upgrade of the existing storm water system and the provision of new subsurface drainage.