TAA was established as an Executive Agency by the Government Notice No. 404 of December 1999 made under the Executive Agencies Act No. 30 of 1997. The Authority assumed the functions of the former Directorate of Aerodromes under the Ministry of Communications and Transport, now renamed Ministry of Works and Transport to operate, manage, maintain and develop Government owned airports in Tanzania mainland in a professional and cost-effective manner.
In its ten years since its establishment, TAA succeed to improve comfortable, efficient, secure services and facilities for the movement of passengers and cargo in its airports through installations of Security equipments such as X-ray Machines, walk-through metal detectors, hand-held metal detectors, Installation of CCTV Camera and Installation of Explosives Vapour Tracer at JNIA, Mwanza, Mtwara, Arusha, Dodoma, Kigoma, Tabora, Mbeya, Iringa, Mafia, Lake Manyara, Lindi, Bukoba, Shinyanga, Musoma, Tanga, Songea, Nachingwea, Ngara, Sumbawanga, Moshi, Morogoro and Kilwa Masoko Airports.
In developing and maintaining Airport Infrastructure, TAA succeed to increase the number of aircraft movements, Passengers, and Cargo by constructing Runways, Taxiways, and Apron at JNIA and Arusha Airport which results to raise Aircraft Movement up to 124,356 (6.8%) per annual from 62,221, Number of Passengers to 2,137,253(9%) per annual from 846,906 and of Cargo Tonnage to 23,453 98%) per annual from 16,463 tonnages since its establishment up to 2010.
In 2010 to 2020 TAA Improve the existing and construction of new cargo facilities which stimulated perishable and nonperishable cargo exports from JNIA and Mwanza Airport, which lead TAA to plan to extend on other new cargo facilities to other zones like central zone where Msalato airport will recently been constructed.
Also, Completion of Supply, installation, test and commissioning of aeronautical ground lighting (AGL) system allow some of our aerodromes to operate 24 hours by allowing aviation movements on day and night bases.
TAA manage to eliminate passenger’s congestion of 2 million passengers per annual at JNIA TB I and II by completing construction of JNIA Terminal III Building with capacity to handle 6 Million Passengers.
TAA succeed to improve the Airport Operations and Facilities which attract Four (4) new International Passenger’s Airline (Etihad, Air Seychelles, Air Uganda and Air Zimbabwe) at JNIA.