Dakar Sedar Senghor (DKR) Airport

Dakar Sedar Senghor DKR Airport Overview

Dakar Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport DKR - also referred to as 'Yoff Airport' - 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.
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 - soon to be replaced*.  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, a pay-in lounge, free carts, & porters in Sogerpres uniform), common sense and caution is strongly advised.  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.

The new Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport DKR - scheduled to open early 2016 and to replace current Dakar Senhor Airport (Blaise Diagne will then use Senhor Airport's 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 - 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 & a Senegalese investment corsortium. 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.
Blaise Diagne International Airport (BDIA) - covering an area of 4,000 hectars, with a 3,500 meter-long runway, and a new passenger terminal  - is to open in 2016. Once completed Fraport's subsidiary Daport S.A., is to be its operator for the next 22 years.  Planned destinations are within Africa, and to Europe, Asia & America.

Furthermore, a 55-km express train network now under construction is to link Dakar citycenter with the new Airport - completion of which may coincide with the inauguration of the new Aiport'

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