Dakar Sedar Senghor (DKR) Airport
Dakar Sedar Senghor DKR Airport Overview
Dakar Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport DKR is located near the town of Yoff, and 11 km northwest of Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, at Cape Verde, northwest Africa's most western point on the Atlantic Ocean.
The Airport is accessible by motorway N1 north(exit 'Route de l'Aeroport'), and by taking the west exit of Route de l'Aeroport.
With two runways and an estimated 1.5 million passengers a year, Dakar Senghor Airport is served by a large number of African and some European airlines. U.S. airline Delta is presently offering nonstop flights from New York JFK, and its new Atlanta-Luanda (Angola) route will make a stop in Dakar.
Dakar Senghor Airport has one passenger terminal: As Airport news are presented in streaming format & are in French, it is not possible to copy & translate - however, it is apparent that the terminal is undergoing serious renovation work.
Note, that even though facilities at the airport are better than in most West African airports (they include a tourist help desk, a bank branch, currency exchange, ATM machine, a business center, post office, rental car desks, food & drink, and duty-free shop), common sense and caution is strongly advised:
As thefts at the airport are common occurrences, you are urged to keep your ID, money and credit card on your person--do not put it in a bag, not even a carry-on! Valuables like expensive gifts should go into the carry-on luggage, and baby wipes can double as toilet paper.
Be aware that if you transfer to another plane, the transfer is outside the terminal, where you are met by a horde of so-called porters who want to part with your money, and there are no security officers around.
Parking at Senghor Airport is available for short- and long-stay lots.
To get from Dakar Senghor Airport to your destination you can rent a car or take a taxi o a bus. Bus line 8 costs about 250 francs, while taxis are on average 5,000 francs. A 'Origin Africa' representative near the Airport exit will give you directions to your hotel.
Helpful hints from a recent traveler:
1. When getting off the airplane, have flight & passport number & local address ready; show passport when getting onto the bus to the terminal. Inside the terminal proceed to the counter to the right and complete customs, entry & arrival form; continue through passport control to baggage claim. Service of porters is optional.
2. Get your luggage& go through inspection and then leave the terminal. Now comes the hard part.
3. You will be overwhelmed by people who want to buy your currency. Hold on to your baggage and first try to simply decline by saying 'no, merci'. If that does not work, use a stronger 'Deh-det, why! By-eel ko!' - meaning leave me alone!. If you are still being harrassed, say in a loud voice 'My-ma soo-ma jahm! A-na sa ta-ran-ga why!' - meaning leave me in peace, where is your hospitality?' This will ususally do the trick, as this causes embarrassment.
If you need a ride, pick a friendly driver with a decent cab, give him the name of the hotel and discuss fare before getting in. Fares to downtown should not exceed CFA 10,000, at the most.
- Website for Dakar Sedar Senghor: http://www.aeroportdakar.com/
- Phone: 221 33 820 0780
Dakar Sedar Senghor DKR Services
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Dakar Sedar Senghor DKR Airport Update History
- Updated DKR Airport Intro page - Mar 17, 2013
- Updated DKR Airports page - Mar 17, 2013
- Updated DKR Direct Flights page - Feb 23, 2013