Construction of the new Serengeti International Airport got a step closer to inception yesterday, when the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) gave the plan a green light. Speaking to “Sunday News” on November 1st, Serengeti District Council Chairman Mr John Ng’oina said “We have just got information from TCAA this morning that they have received permission for the construction of the airport and this is good news to Serengeti people and Mara in general.”
Approval follows the dispatch of a team of TCAA experts last month to the site allocated for construction of the airport on the outskirts of Mugumu, approximately 40 kilometers from the northwest border of Serengeti National Park. According to Ng’oina, the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) must approve the project before construction can begin.
Friends of Serengeti has joined other voices in the conservation community in denouncing the planned airport construction. We are deeply concerned about a massive new influx of foreign tourists to this delicate ecosystem, and contend that it will pave the way for unsustainable development of the region.