Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport
Aéroport international Léopold-Sédar-Senghor
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Elevation AMSL||85 ft / 26 m|
Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (French: Aéroport international Léopold-Sédar-Senghor,IATA: DKR, ICAO: GOOY) is an international airport serving Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The airport is situated near the town of Yoff, north of Dakar. It was known as Dakar-Yoff International Airport (French: Aéroport international de Dakar-Yoff) until 9 October 1996, when it was renamed in honor of Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first president of Senegal.
Construction of a replacement airport Blaise Diagne International 45 km inland from Léopold Sédar Senghor began in 2007. Saudi Binladin Group constructed the new airport, named after the first black African elected to France's parliament in 1914, Blaise Diagne. It was initially expected to take 30 months to build and is designed for an initial capacity of 3 million passengers a year - almost double the 1.7 million annual traffic handled by the existing airport. Blaise Diagne was delayed several times and opened on December 7, 2017.
During World War II, Dakar Airport was a key link in the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command Natal-Dakar air route, which provided a transoceanic link between Brazil and French West Africa after 1942. Massive amounts of cargo were stored at Dakar, which were then transported along the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. From Dakar, flights were made to Dakhla Airport, near Villa Cisneros in what was then Spanish Sahara, or to Atar Airport, depending on the load on the air route. In addition to being the western terminus of the North African route, Dakar was the northern terminus for the South African route, which transported personnel to Pretoria, South Africa, with numerous stopovers at Robertsfield (now Roberts International Airport), Liberia, the Belgian Congo and Northern Rhodesia.
Before the introduction of long-range jets in the mid-1970s, it used to be an important stopover point for the routes between Europe and South America, along with the Canary Islands.
It used to be one of the five main hubs of the now defunct multi-national airline Air Afrique.
The airport has often been used as a stopover on flights between North America and Southern Africa. Delta Air Lines started service on 4 December 2006 between Atlanta and Johannesburg, with an intermediate stop in Dakar. This stopover has since been removed, with Dakar now served nonstop from New York-JFK. South African Airways used Dakar as a stopover with both its flights from Johannesburg to Washington and New York. The stopover for the New York-JFK flight has recently been removed, but the Johannesburg to Washington-Dulles flight still stops in Dakar. This flight now operates via the new Blaise Diagne International Airport.
The airport is also home to the French Air Force's Dakar-Ouakam Air Base (Base aérienne Dakar-Ouakam; also known as Air Base 160, Base aérienne 160 Dakar-Ouakam). The Dakar-Ouakam Air Base formed the military section of the airport.
|Air France Cargo||Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|Emirates SkyCargo||Campinas-Viracopos, Dubai-Al Maktoum,Frankfurt|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas-Viracopos, Frankfurt, Montevideo|
|ULS Airlines Cargo||Istanbul-Atatürk|
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||Istanbul-Atatürk,Kano,Campinas-Viracopos |
|Year||Total passengers||Change||Cargo (in tonnes)||Change|
Les mouvements de passagers ont aussi crû de 8,5%, passant de 1 554 546 en 2009 à 1 687 006 passagers en 2010. [...] Le fret a également progressé de 21 572 tonnes en 2009 à 24 112 en 2010, soit un accroissement de 11,8%