Located on the island of Unguja in Zanzibar, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA) is the main airport serving the archipelago. As the main gateway to Zanzibar, AAKIA plays a crucial role in the island’s tourism industry. With a range of airlines and destinations, as well as facilities such as duty-free shopping, restaurants and cafes, and car rental services, AAKIA offers a comfortable and convenient travel experience for passengers. Whether you’re visiting Zanzibar for business or pleasure, AAKIA is the perfect starting point for your adventure.
Located about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) south of Zanzibar City, the capital of Zanzibar, and has flights to East Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
Here’s everything you need to know about AAKIA:
About Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Named after the first president of Zanzibar, AAKIA was officially opened in 2011 to replace the old Zanzibar International Airport. The airport is operated by the Zanzibar Airports Authority and is located about 5 kilometers south of the historic Stone Town.
Airlines and Destinations
AAKIA is served by several airlines, including:
Ethiopian Airlines operates flights between AAKIA and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Kenya Airways operates flights between AAKIA and Nairobi, Kenya.
Oman Air operates flights between AAKIA and Muscat, Oman.
Qatar Airways operates flights between AAKIA and Doha, Qatar.
Flydubai operates flights between AAKIA and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Condor operates flights between AAKIA and Frankfurt, Germany.
Neos operates flights between AAKIA and Milan, Italy.
Turkish Airlines operates flights between AAKIA and Istanbul, Turkey.
Precision Air, a Tanzanian airline, operates flights between AAKIA and various domestic and regional destinations.
Facilities at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
AAKIA has a range of facilities to make passengers’ travel experience as comfortable and convenient as possible. These include:
Passengers can enjoy duty-free shopping at the airport, with a range of products available, including cosmetics, electronics, and souvenirs.
Restaurants and Cafes
AAKIA has several restaurants and cafes, serving a variety of cuisines, including local Zanzibari dishes.
ATMs and Currency Exchange
Passengers can access ATMs and currency exchange facilities at the airport.
Car Rental Services
Several car rental companies operate at AAKIA, offering a range of vehicles for hire.
Passengers can enjoy access to the VIP lounge at AAKIA, offering a range of amenities, including comfortable seating, refreshments, and Wi-Fi.