Bamako–Sénou International Airport
|Bamako Senou International Airport
Aéroport international de Bamako–Sénou
|IATA: BKO – ICAO: GABS
|Airport type||Joint (Public/Military)|
|Operator||Aéroports du Mali (ADM)|
|Hub for||Air Mali|
|Elevation AMSL||1,247 ft / 380 m|
|*planned runway length extension to 10,444 ft. / 3,180 m complete by 9/3/2010 as part of Mali MCC.|
Bamako Senou International Airport (IATA: BKO, ICAO: GABS) is Mali's main airport approximately 15 km south of downtown Bamako, the capital of Mali in West Africa. It is managed by Aéroports du Mali (ADM). Its operations are overseen by the Malian Ministry of Equipment and Transports.
Senou Airport was opened to traffic in 1974. The airport was upgraded between 2007 and 2012 in a 181 million US dollar project funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a United States foreign aid agency.
Passenger traffic steadily increased in the early 2000s. Government figures show 403,380 passengers in 1999, 423,506 in 2003, 486,526 in 2004, and 516,000 in 2005. It is predicted to reach over 900,000 by 2015 under a low (4%) yearly growth rate scenario.
To date this growth rate has been surpassed. Total air traffic at BKO increased by 12.4% in 2007 and 14% in 2008. Most of this increase came in passenger transport, with the number of passengers served increasing by 20% in 2007 and 17% in 2008. Twenty-seven airline carriers operated weekly or better at BKO in the 2007–2008 period. This continued growth was offset by cargo flights' decline of 16.75% in 2007, and 3.93% in 2008.
Airlines and destinations
|Africa West Airlines||Cotonou, Liège, Lomé, Niamey |
|Avient Aviation||Liège |
Accidents and incidents
- On 24 July 1971, Douglas C-47A 6V-AAP of Air Ivoire crashed into a hill shortly after take-off. The aircraft was operating a scheduled passenger flight. All six people on board were killed.
- Composante aéroport Bamako–Sénou, Proposition MCA-Mali (2006)
- Air traffic at Bamako airport increases by 14% in 2008. PANA press. 2009-01-14
- Mali Compact: Bamako–Sénou Airport Improvement Project, Millennium Challenge Corporation, retrieved 26 August 2012
- Millennium Challenge Account-Mali, Rapport d’Etude d’Impact Environnemental et Social du Projet de Modernisation et d’extension de l’Aéroport Bamako–Sénou (in French), Millennium Challenge Corporation, retrieved 26 August 2012
- Africa West Cargo Schedule
- Avient Aviation Schedule from LGG
- "6V-AAP Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
- Aeronautical charts for BKO/GABS from ASECNA
- Current weather for GABS at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for BKO at Aviation Safety Network
- Avient Aviation Scheduled Flights