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Africa Outlook

Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority
Tanzania aviation industry


Scaling New Heights

Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority continues to propel industry standards in the country, led by the work of Director General Hamza Johari

Writer: Tom Wadlow

Project Manager: Vivek Valmiki

Tanzania is a nation full of ambition. Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the summit of Africa, the country and its government are looking to reach new economic heights and become a semi-industrialised, mid-income nation by 2025.  

This is no mean task – Tanzania is the largest landmass in East Africa, scaling 945,000 square kilometres and populated by 55 million people. However, it is also no secret that the country houses incredible natural assets that draw in tourists in their thousands. 

And it is this rapidly advancing tourism industry that will prove vital in ensuring these government objectives are met. Already contributing more than 15 percent of GDP and more than four percent of total employment, the sector is a mainstay of Tanzania’s economy, and one which is ably supported by a progressive aviation industry. 

It is estimated that 90 percent of international tourists arrive in the country by air, and it is through this form of transport that the likes of Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ruaha National Park and Kilimanjaro can be reached.

Beyond serving the tourism market, air transport also contributes to domestic and international trade of goods, empowers community cohesion via rapid transit and directly contributes revenue to the treasury in the form of taxation, safety fees, and air navigation, parking and landing charges. 

Flying the flag

Responsible for providing air navigation services and ensuring sustainable regulation of economic, safety and security aspects of the country’s aviation sector is the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA). 

Officially established in 2003 by an act of parliament and headquartered in Dar es Salaam just outside the Julius Nyerere International Airport, the organisation has evolved into a crucial service provider, as Director General Hamza Johari explains. 

“The Authority ensures the capacity building of its technical personnel by providing intensive training as well as deployment of modernised CNS/ATM systems to enhance the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic.

“We also run the Civil Aviation Training Centre, which is located at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Terminal 1. The school offers various aviation courses in air traffic control, aeronautical information service, aviation security, airport and flight operations.”

Hitting international heights

In developing Tanzania’s aviation industry into a sustainable, reliable and watertight operation, TCAA has been focusing on safety and security by providing effective oversight and efficient air navigation services.

This includes implementation of various civil aviation projects such as the installation of primary surveillance S-Band radars with monopulse secondary surveillance radar system mode at four airports – these systems will improve surveillance coverage and enhance safety for aircraft flying in Tanzanian airspace. 

“We are also carrying out installation of an instrument landing system in Aman Abeid Karume International Airport in Zanzibar, along with VHF Main and VCCS and automated billing systems,” adds Johari. 

An important partner for TCAA in implementing new systems and ensuring its equipment hits global standards is the Electronics arm of ST Engineering, a global technology, defence and engineering group.