Zebras cross a road in the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Tanzania plans to build an airport near the park. AFP PHOTO | FILE
Proponents argue that the proposed airport in Mugumu, 40 kilometres northwest of Serengeti, will handle large aircraft, resulting in hassle-free trips to the park by holidaymakers.
Whereas the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) has given its approval to the airport, Tourism and Natural Resources Minister Lazaro Nyalandu has said it will forever negatively change the greatest wildlife migration on earth.
Aviation analysts say the airport will pose serious competition for major gateways to the national park such as KIA and Arusha and Mwanza airfields.