Mount Kilimanjaro Airport – Everything You Need to Know
Mount Kilimanjaro Airport Information
Kilimanjaro International Airport is commonly abbreviated as KIA. However, its official airport code is JRO. It is a relatively small airport terminal albeit it does have a long runway that is very modern. Coupled with being located in a sparsely populated area, it can handle planes as large as 747s.
KIA is located in Tanzania, about a 30 minute drive from Arusha which is just a few minutes from the safari headquarters of Tanzania. Also, it is about a 45 minute drive from Moshi, which sits at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro.
KLM, and British Airways are the only major international carriers that fly flights directly into Mt Kilimanjaro. You can also get regional flights on Ethiopian Air, Kenya Airways, and South African.
Services available at KIA include:
· Money exchange
· Duty Free shop
· Business Class lounge
· An AAR registered clinic
· VIP lounge
· Shopping arcade
· 4-star airport hotel
A Visa is required if you are visiting Tanzania from North America or Europe. It is highly encouraged that you request your visa well in advance of your scheduled trip. You can contact the Kenyan Embassy in your country for further information.
If you arrange your Mount Kilimanjaro climb in advance, transportation to your hotel from the airport will be provided. If you do not make any prior arrangements finding transportation from the airport could be a bit tricky. There are no public buses at the Mt Kilimanjaro airport, although there a few about 5 miles from the airport. Additionally, taxi’s are few and far between. Although not impossible, it is a wise decision to plan ahead rather than to just hope you can find your own transportation upon arrival.
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