The government is looking for a private partner to help finance the expansion of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport at Kipawa southwest of Dar es Salaam. Currently there is a shortfall of $55 million, of which $30 million is required as compensation for local residents who will be displaced to make way for the construction of a third terminal to complement the existing two. The remaining $25 million is needed to finance the expansion of terminal two, which is overstretched.

Tanzania has already signed an agreement with China Sonangol International Holding Ltd to improve and expand the airport, including the construction of terminal three. However the project cannot go ahead until the necessary funding has been found.

The existing terminals one and two date from 1954 and 1984 respectively. The second terminal is an impressive modern building with a fan-shaped overhanging roof at the front that doubles as an outdoors arrivals hall.