Precision Air has announced the suspension of its flights into Arusha airport during work on the runway, which starts on 15 December and will last at least two months. During this period the Tanzanian airline will use Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) instead.

Precision Air carries about 200 people between Dar es Salaam and Arusha each day and the change of airport will cause disruption during the key tourist season around Christmas.

Arusha airport is closer to the north Tanzanian city than KIA which is about another 45 miles away. So far Precision Air has said that it will not be responsible for the extra costs of transit into the city from KIA.

Arusha airport is in the process of extending the runway and expanding its air terminal. Airlines using Arusha airport include Air Excel, Regional Airway Services (the Tanzanian division of Airkenya) and ZanAir.

Precision Air, the largest airline in Tanzania, is based in Dar es Salaam. It flies to 10 airports in Tanzania and also has services to Kenya and Uganda.