Open main menu

N'djili Airport (IATA: FIH, ICAO: FZAA) (French: Aéroport de N'djili pronounced [a.e.ʁɔ.pɔʁ də n‿dʒi.li]), also known as N'Djili International Airport and Kinshasa International Airport, serves the city of Kinshasa and is the largest of the four international airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is named after the nearby Ndjili River.[1]

N'djili Airport

Aéroport de N'djili
N'djili International Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
LocationKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hub forCongo Airways
Elevation AMSL1,027 ft / 313 m
Coordinates04°23′08.7″S 15°26′40.45″E / 4.385750°S 15.4445694°E / -4.385750; 15.4445694Coordinates: 04°23′08.7″S 15°26′40.45″E / 4.385750°S 15.4445694°E / -4.385750; 15.4445694
Map
FIH is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
FIH
FIH
Location of Airport in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 15,420 4,700 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers773,338

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Terminal building
 
Departures area
 
Gate area

In 1998, N'Djili airport was the site of one of the decisive battles of the Second Congo War. Rebel forces advancing on Kinshasa infiltrated the airport perimeter but were repulsed by Zimbabwean troops and aircraft arriving to support the government of Laurent Kabila.[2]

In June 2015, a new international terminal was opened which can service one million passengers per year. Some computerized upgrades to the arrivals terminal have been implemented in recent years, although corruption remains a problem.[3][4]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 18 August 1968, Douglas DC-3D 9Q-CUM of Air Congo was destroyed by fire.[14]
  • On 28 August 1984, Vickers Viscount 9Q-CPD of Zaire Aero Service crashed after takeoff.[15]
  • On 15 April 1997, a Douglas DC-3 was hijacked at N'djili Airport. There were six to eight hijackers.[16]
  • On 26 July 2002, in the 2002 Africa One Antonov An-26 crash, 9Q-CMC was written off without fatalities[17]
  • On 4 October 2007, Antonov An-26 9Q-COS of Africa One crashed shortly after take-off from N'djili Airport, killing at least 51 people and injuring a further 30.[citation needed]
  • On 2 January 2010, Boeing 727-231F 9Q-CAA of Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation was substantially damaged when it departed the side of the runway.[18]
  • On 21 June 2010, Hewa Bora Airways Flight 601, operated by McDonnell Douglas MD-82 9Q-COQ burst a tyre on take-off. Hydraulic systems and port engine were damaged and the nose gear did not lower when the aircraft returned to N'djili. All 110 people on board escaped uninjured. The airline blamed the state of the runway for the accident, but investigators found no fault with the runway.[19]
  • On 4 April 2011, a Canadair CRJ-100ER 4L-GAE of Georgian Airways operating under an UN mission as flight 834 from Bangoka International Airport, Kisangani to Kinshasa missed the runway on landing at Kinshasa. The aircraft subsequently broke into pieces and caught fire. Only one survivor was reported out of 29 passengers and 4 crew. The airport was experiencing torrential rain, thunderstorms and low visibility at the time.[20]
  • On 20 December 2018 a Gomair An-26 registration 9S-AGB crashed 19 nautical miles short of Kinshasa with 7 or 8 people on board. The aircraft was found more than 24 hours later by a local. The aircraft was carrying election materials on behalf of the Central Electoral National Independent Commission (CENI).[21]

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ Kambale, Juakali (14 June 2010). "By the Rivers of Kinshasa Town". East African. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  2. ^ Cooper, Tom. "Zaire/DR.Congo 1980–2001". ACIG.ORG. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  3. ^ sangoyacongoactu (25 June 2015). "En direct de l ' Aeroport de N ' djili : Kabila inaugure l ' aérogare modulaire modernisée". Retrieved 6 May 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ http://www.kentucky.com/2015/06/25/3917223/congos-president-inaugurates-new.html[dead link]
  5. ^ "fih.pdf" (PDF). www.aircotedivoire.com.
  6. ^ "Air Kasaï, 2016 timetable". www.airkasai.cd. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  7. ^ "June 2016 Timetable". www.flyasky.com.
  8. ^ "Cameroon Airlines Corporation Programme d'été du 30/03/14 au 25/10/14" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Congo Airways adds new African destinations in May 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ "HORAIRE AVEC 1 Q400 DU 06/06 AU 10/07/2016 (Heures locales)" (pdf). congoairways.com (in French). 2 March 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  11. ^ "April 2014 Timetable". timetables.oag.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  12. ^ "TAAG Angola Route Map May 2014". www.taag.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  14. ^ "9Q-CUM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  15. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  16. ^ "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  17. ^ "Safety Review". Flight Global. 2003.
  18. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  19. ^ Hradecky, Simon (21 June 2010). "Accident: Hewa Bora MD82 at Kinshasa on Jun 21st 2010, burst tyre on takeoff, hydraulic failure, runway excursion on landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  20. ^ "Georgian Airways CRJ1 at Kinshasa on Apr 4th 2011, missed the runway and broke up". The Aviation herald. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  21. ^ "Crash: Gomair AN26 near Kinshasa on Dec 20th 2018, impacted terrain short of runway". Retrieved 22 December 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to N'djili Airport at Wikimedia Commons