JNIA - Terminal Building I

As the aviation industry in East Africa expanded, the Dar-es-salaam aerodrome was found to be insufficient. However, expansion of the aerodrome was hindered by unfavourable geographical features including high altitude in the immediate vicinity, dense coconut vegetation and swampy land. In addition, a considerable number of local people had already settled around the airport area. It was therefore decided to shift the airport to a new location. Ukonga area was chosen as the new location for the aerodrome. Site clearing and construction commenced in 1951 and by October 1954 the airport was officially opened to business. The airport was renamed Dar es Salaam International Airport (DIA). This part of the airport is what is today known as Terminal I and it caters for chartered flights.