Kilimanjaro International Airport, albeit small in size, is the second most important international airport in the east African country of Tanzania. Situated at an elevation of 2,932 feet above mean sea level, this airport projects itself as an effective and strategic 'Gateway to Africa's Wildlife' heritage. It is the first private public airport in Tanzania which is presently operated by the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company Limited (KADCL), which is a British firm with plans to bring this airport up to the best international standards and evolve into a top tourist destination within a few years. This airport is snugly located, almost at the centre in between Arusha and Moshi tourism towns, which are located at a distance of about 50 kilometers on opposite sides.
The tourist hotspots of this area include Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the famous Serengeti National Park which are most conveniently accessible from this airport. With an 11,834 feet asphalt runway capable of aircrafts like the B747 and ILS, the Kilimanjaro International Airport is having a capacity to handle 500,000 passengers every year. Enabling over 8,000 flight movements each year, this airport is fairly modernized. It is also providing a well developed cargo facility capable of handling over 5,000 metric tones of cargo each year.
The passenger facilities at this airport currently include an airport hotel, post office, currency exchange counters, restaurants, bars, cafeteria and a VIP lounge. There is a tourist help desk for guidance along with duty free and other gift shops located inside the terminal. Car rentals and private taxi services are also available at the Kilimanjaro International Airport for comfortable transfers to the surrounding tourist destinations.