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Blaise Diagne International Airport

The Blaise Diagne International Airport (French: Aéroport international Blaise Diagne, IATA: DSS, ICAO: GOBD) is an international airport near the town of Diass, Senegal, 27 miles east of downtown Dakar. It serves as the main airport for Dakar, replacing Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, which became too small. It is named after Blaise Diagne, the first black African elected to France's parliament in 1914. Regular flights are operated from it to destinations across many parts of Africa, as well as to Europe, Macaronesia, the Middle East, and the USA.

Blaise Diagne International Airport

Aéroport International Blaise Diagne
Aéroport international Blaise Diagne.jpg
Airport typeCivil
OwnerGovernment of Senegal
LocationDiass, Senegal
Hub forAir Senegal
Elevation AMSL289.59 ft / 88.27 m
Coordinates14°40′16″N 17°4′1″W / 14.67111°N 17.06694°W / 14.67111; -17.06694 (Blaise Diagne International Airport)
DSS is located in Senegal
Location of airport in Senegal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,500 11,483 Asphalt

Opening delaysEdit

Departures Hall

The airport was originally expected to be operational at the end of the year 2011,[1] but this date was pushed back by almost a year in September of that year.[2] In September 2012, Senegalese Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye announced that the airport would open in the first quarter of 2014.[3] In January 2015, word spread that the airport would open in June 2015. On April 4, 2015 Reuters announced a new opening date for early 2016.

The expected building costs rose to 566 million euros,[2] with over 400 million coming from the Saudi Binladin Group.[4]

The airport finally opened for scheduled operations on December 7, 2017.[5]

Ground TransportationEdit

The Train Express Regional is a planned rail-link between the airport and Dakar, and was expected to be complete in late 2018.

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Air Algérie Algiers
Air Burkina Bamako, Ouagadougou
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Bamako, Conakry
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Italy Milan–Malpensa
Air Senegal Abidjan,[6] Bamako, Banjul, Barcelona (begins 9 December 2019),[7] Bissau,[6] Conakry, Cotonou,[6] Marseille (begins 9 December 2019),[8] Niamey,[9] Ouagadougou, Paris–Charles de Gaulle,[10] Praia,[6] Sal (ends 27 October 2019)[11], Ziguinchor
Arik Air Accra, Banjul, Lagos
ASKY Airlines Abidjan, Bissau, Lomé, Praia (begins 1 April 2020)[12]
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North
Brussels Airlines Banjul, Brussels, Conakry
Cabo Verde Airlines Sal[13]
Camair-Co Abidjan, Douala[14]
CEIBA Intercontinental Cotonou, Malabo[15]
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Emirates Dubai–International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Bamako
Guinea Airlines Banjul, Conakry[16]
Iberia Madrid
Kenya Airways Abidjan, Bamako, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mauritania Airlines Abidjan, Bamako, Conakry, Freetown, Nouakchott
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transair Banjul, Bissau, Cap Skirring, Conakry, Kolda, Praia, Ziguinchor[17]
Charter: Kédougou, Tambacounda
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Tunisair Conakry, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul1
Vueling Barcelona[18]

^1 : Some Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul to Dakar stop in Nouakchott, but the flight from Dakar to Istanbul is nonstop. Other times the flight from Istanbul to Dakar is nonstop, but the DSS–IST return journey stops in Banjul. In both cases, Turkish Airlines does not have local traffic rights between Dakar and the other destination alone.


Lufthansa Cargo São Paulo–Guarulhos, Campinas-Viracopos
Kalitta Air São Paulo–Guarulhos
Emirates SkyCargo Petrolina


  1. ^ "L'aéroport Blaise Diagne sera livré en fin 2011 (ministre)" (in French). 2 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b "L'Aeroport International Blaise Diagne opérationnel au second semestre de 2012 (ministre)". APS (in French). 19 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Senegal's second international airport ready in 2014". Panapress. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  4. ^ Aidara, Ismael (19 September 2011). "Sénégal : Saudi Bin Laden sur le tarmac de l'aéroport Blaise Diagne". (in French). Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  5. ^ Carley Petesch. "Senegal opens new international airport with economic hopes". AP. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d "Air Senegal outlines proposed regional network from late-Sep 2018". Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Air Senegal schedules Barcelona / Marseille launch in Dec 2019". Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air Senegal schedules new routes in 3Q19". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Air Senegal plans Paris launch in Feb 2019". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
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  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "Asky Airlines adds Cape Verde service from April 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  13. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Cabo Verde Airlines adds Dakar service from Dec 2018".
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  18. ^ "Vueling operará siete nuevas rutas desde Barcelona en verano, entre ellas, a Jerez de la Frontera". 20 Minutos. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.

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