The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $272.12m loan for the construction of an international airport in Dodoma, Tanzania.

Msalato International Airport will be constructed in the Msalato district, 12km from the capital Dodoma.

Of the total loan amount, AfDB will provide $198.6m while African Development Fund (ADF) will contribute $23.52m.

In addition, $50m will be provided in co-financing with the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF).

The loan amount will be used to construct a high-capacity airport that can accommodate the future growth of Tanzania’s air transport.

Work will include the construction of a passenger terminal, a runway and air navigation equipment.

Other operational services for the project include water supply systems and electrical power distribution substations.

Construction is expected to take place over four years. The airport will be capable of handling around 50,000 flight movements and one million passengers annually.

AfDB Infrastructure and Urban Development Department director Amadou Oumarou said: “An expanded air transport network in Dodoma, together with the ongoing high-speed railway construction on the central corridor, are necessary infrastructure investments to help unlock and disperse spatial development in the countryside.

“This will strengthen the city’s potential as a strategic growth pole in keeping with Tanzania’s national development aspirations of fostering shared growth for all the regions.”

In 2017, AfDB approved a $160m loan to carry out the expansion of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The expansion involved the construction of a 4.9km runway in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Category II standards.