Air Burkina SA is the national airline of Burkina Faso, operating scheduled services from its main base at Ouagadougou Airport. to one domestic destination, Bobo-Dioulasso, as well as regional services to Togo, Benin, Mali, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Ghana. From 2001 to 2017, the airline was majority owned by an AKFED/IPS consortium, but is now back in government ownership, with reports that a new investor is being sought.
|Parent company||Government of Burkina Faso|
|Headquarters||Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso|
The airline was established on 17 March 1967 under the name Air Volta. It was originally part owned by the Burkinabé government, part by Air France and part privately held. It purchased its first aircraft, an Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante, in 1978, and added a second, a Fokker F28, in 1983.
Over the years, the airline has had serious debt problems, reaching a deficit of one billion CFA francs in 1992 (approx. €1,500,000). In part to address its debt problem, the Burkina Faso government privatised Air Burkina on 21 February 2001, transferring 56% of the shares to the AKFED/IPS consortium, part of the Aga Khan Development Network. At that time, the government retained 14% of shares. In 2001, following Air Burkina's privatisation and the liquidation of Air Afrique, the airline's debt had largely been alleviated and it was predicting an annual revenue of around 3.5 billion CFA francs (more than €5,000,000).
The company saw a general strike in 2002, when workers demanded a 25% wage increase. In the resulting conflict, the director-general of Air Burkina was forced to resign.
In August 2013 press reports said that the majority shareholder, AKFED & IPS, will be called in for talks by the Government after its most recent Council of Ministers meeting resolved to discuss the airline's financial state. According to the Burkinabé Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport, a report presented to government claimed the Burkinabé national carrier "faces a difficult financial and economic situation."  In May 2017 it was announced that the government had taken over the management of Air Burkina, following the signing of a contract of management cessation with AKFED, with the sale of shares to be made at a symbolic franc. There were also reports that a new investor was being sought.
Financial and other business figures for Air Burkina are not fully available, as the company was privately owned until 2017. In the absence of the accounts, some information has been made available, usually in the press, as shown below:
|Turnover (CFA bn)||25|
|Profits (CFA m)|
|Number of employees||262||254||230|
|Number of passengers (000s)||160||17||129||107.6|
|Passenger load factor (%)|
|Number of aircraft (at year end)||5||3||3||2||2|
Air Burkina serves the following destinations (as of May 2017):
|Abidjan||Ivory Coast||ABJ||DIAP||Port Bouet Airport|
|Accra||Ghana||ACC||DGAA||Kotoka International Airport|
|Bamako||Mali||BKO||GABS||Senou International Airport|
|Bobo-Dioulasso||Burkina Faso||BOY||DFOO||Bobo Dioulasso Airport|
|Dakar||Senegal||DSS||GOOY||Blaise Diagne International Airport|
|Niamey||Niger||NIM||DRRN||Diori Hamani International Airport|
|Ouagadougou||Burkina Faso||OUA||DFFD||Ouagadougou Airport|
- Flight International 27 March 2007
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- "Annual Report 2014". African Airlines Association. 2014.
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