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. 

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.

Dakar Senghor Airport has one passenger terminal, which is currently undergoing serious renovation work.  Note, however, 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, 'Le Salon Prestige' lounge, free carts, & porters in Sogerpres uniform), common sense and caution is strongly advised:

NOTE:  As thefts at the airport are common occurrences, passengers are urged to keep ID, money and credit card on their person--not in a their bags, not even in 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. Only use a 'Sogerpres'-uniformed porter!

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.

Current and future Airport developments:  The current Airport is being replaced by a new one at a new location - construction is already ongoing. The new Airport will be 45 km inland from the current one - in the administrative region of Thies, at Diass village (on 2,600 hectars of land)., and is to be named 'Blise Diagne International Airport' (after the first black African elected to France's parliament in 1914). It is to accommodate 3 million passengerrs a year and expected to be completed late 2014.  Fraport is to manage the Airport, while the State will own 45 percent and a Senegalese investment corsortium the remainin 55 percent.
With the new Airport in place, acccess to the remainder of the country will be enhanced, attract more tourists, make the airppot safer, and eliminate hazards associated with large urban areas.
 

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