People living illegally within the confines of Arusha airport have until 31 March to vacate the area, airport manager Esther Dede has said. The relocation involves residents of ten homes, which will be demolished under an ongoing 2002 project to expand and upgrade the city airport. The squatters were originally told to leave their homes by the end of June 2008 but were given an extension.

The community includes people working for the Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA), the airport fire brigade and the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA).

Located just a few kilometres southwest of town on the Dodoma road, Arusha airport handles up to 70 aircraft a day during peak season and about 30 a day at other times of year according to