Tanzania has secured a $272 million loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to build a new international airport in its administrative capital Dodoma.
The airport will be built in Msalato, 12 km (7 miles) from Dodoma and will take four years to build, the Abidjan-based lender said in a statement.
The airport will have a capacity to handle 1 million passengers annually, though the city has a population of just over 2 million people, AfDB said.
The new airport and a high-speed railway already under construction would increase development in Tanzania’s countryside, Amadou Oumarou, director of AfDB’s Infrastructure and Urban Development Department.
As of November, its lending portfolio to Tanzania stood at $2.1 billion, with just over half of it going to transport projects, according to AfDB data.