Dakar Sedar Senghor (DKR) Airport
Dakar Sedar Senghor DKR Airport Overview
DKR 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 yearly about 1.6 million passengers, Dakar Senghor Airport is served by a large number of African, Middle East, and some European airlines. The Airport also serves as connecting airport to the Canary Islands.
The on-Airport Hotel Sogepres (tel. 820-60-60) is right in side the passenger terminal's level 1, with 15 air-conditioned rooms.
There are also several hotels (not up to Western standard) within a five-minute taxi ride from the main airport gate.
The current Dakar Senghor Airport has one passenger terminal is to be replaced by a new Airport late 2016*. It offers 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, 'Le Salon Prestige' lounge, a pay-in lounge, free carts, & porters in Sogerpres uniform). After immigration and security checks, there is a waiting area with four airline gates; a snack bar sells sandwiches and drinks (open until late evening), some duty free shops, and two small shops in the back with local handicrafts.
Note, that even though facilities at the airport are better than in most West African airports, common sense and caution is strongly advised.
* The new Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport DKR - now scheduled to open year-end 2016 and replacing current Dakar Senhor Airport (but keeping its airport Code DKR) - is located about 40 km south of Dakar (a city of 5M inhabitants) - in the administrative region of Thies, at N'Diass village. It is named after the first black African, elected to France's parliament in 1914. Blaise Diagne Airport is to accommodate 3.5 million passengers and will be owned 45/55 percent shares between the State of Senegal and a Senegalese investment corsortium. With the new Airport in place, access to the remainder of the country will be enhanced, attract more tourists, make the airport safer, and eliminate hazards associated with large urban areas.
Blaise Diagne International Airport (BDIA) - covers an area of 4,000 hectars, with a 3,500 meter-long runway, and a new passenger terminal. Planned destinations are within Africa, and to Europe, Asia & America.
Ongoing Highway & Rail construction will link the new airport to Dakar's city center:
- A 55-km express train network now under construction is to link Dakar city center with the new Airport - Phase 1 with a 36 km track connects to Diamniado, while Phase 2 with a 19 km track will connect to Blaise Diagne Airport.
- While both the Dakar-Diamaniadio-AIDB highway and an new extension of it - the AIDB-Mbour-Thies highway - are under construction, both projects are to be completed upon official opening of the new Airport.
- Website for Dakar Sedar Senghor: http://www.aeroport-dakar.com/
- Phone: 221 33 820 0780