Senegal set to open US $400m Africa largest airport in December 2017.

The Airport which is set to open in December of this year, will surpass Oliver Reginald Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, South Africa which is currently Africa’s biggest and busiest airport.

The Blaise Diagne International Airport which is worth US $400m is expected to take over services from Senegal’s current flagship airport Léopold Sédar Senghor International in capital city Dakar, which will cease operations once the project is completed.

The Airport which is not located in the capital of the country unlike most Africa countries is seen as an avenue to diversification the economy out of the capital Dakar.

AIBD Deputy Director General El Hadji Ibrahima Mané; “The idea is to see if we could drag economic activities out of Dakar,”

According to him; “New infrastructure is essential to this ambition”.

The New Airport which is built on a 4,500-hectare land area will have a capacity of three million passengers per year, rising to 10 million every year plus it is also design to accommodate larger planes like the Airbus A380.

The Airport will provide over 540 employment opportunities during its operational phase and also has a large terminal and runway for passengers and flights.


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