Air Burkina

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Air Burkina
Air Burkina logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1967
Hubs Ouagadougou Airport
Alliance Celestair
Fleet size 2 + 2 aircraft stored
Destinations 10
Company slogan "Le sentiment d'une bonne compagnie"
("The feeling of a good company")
Headquarters Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Air Burkina SA is the national airline of Burkina Faso, operating scheduled services to one domestic destination, Bobo-Dioulasso, as well as regional services to Togo, Benin, Mali, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Ghana. It is majority owned by an AKFED/IPS consortium, and operates from its main base at Ouagadougou Airport.[1]


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. After the demise of Air Afrique, the state of Burkina Faso privatised Air Burkina on 21 February 2001, transferring 56% of the shares to the AKFED/IPS consortium (part of the Aga Khan Development Network).[1]

It purchased its first aircraft, an Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante, in 1978, and added a second, a Fokker F28, in 1983. The airline has had serious debt problems, reaching a deficit of one billion CFA francs in 1992 (approx. 1,500,000). However, by the time of privatization in 2001, the debt had largely been alleviated and the company 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.[citation needed]

The company is a member of the Celestair Group alliance of airlines.[citation needed]

Press reports in August 2013 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 current financial state. According to the Burkinabé Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport, a recent report presented to government outlining the current state of Air Burkina claims the Burkinabé national carrier "faces a difficult financial and economic situation." [2]

Corporate affairs[edit]


Current shareholdings (as at October 2013)[3] are:

Shareholder Interest
Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED)/
Industrial Promotion Services (IPS)
Government of Burkina Faso 5%
Other shareholders 7%
Total 100%

Business trends[edit]

Financial and other business figures for Air Burkina are not fully available, as the company is privately owned. In the absence of these, some information has been made available, usually in the press, as shown below:

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Turnover (CFA bn) 25
Profits (CFA m)
Number of employees 262 254
Number of passengers (000s) 160 17 129
Passenger load factor (%)
Number of aircraft (at year end) 5 3 3
Notes/sources [4] [5] [3] [6]

Head office[edit]

Air Burkina is headquartered in the Air Burkina Building (French: Immeuble Air Burkina) in Avenue de la Nation, Ouagadougou.[7][8]


Air Burkina serves the following destinations (as at July 2014):

Terminated route
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
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
Cotonou  Benin COO DBBB Cadjehoun Airport
Dakar  Senegal DKR GOOY Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport
Lomé  Togo LFW DXXX Lomé-Tokoin Airport
Niamey  Niger NIM DRRN Diori Hamani International Airport
Ouagadougou  Burkina Faso OUA DFFD Ouagadougou Airport


The Bombardier CRJ200 (foreground) and an MD-87 of Air Burkina, seen at Ouagadougou Airport in December 2012

The Air Burkina fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 25 February 2014):[9]

Air Burkina Fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers Routes Notes
C Y Total
Embraer E-170 2[10] 12 56 68 Domestic and African routes
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 0 20 79 99 Domestic and African routes (formerly) two MD-87 stored at Olbia Airport
Total 2


  1. ^ a b Flight International 27 March 2007
  2. ^ "Ouagadougou mulls Air Burkina's future with AKFED". ch aviation. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Air Burkina profile at AFRAA". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Notre historique (Our History)" (in French). Air Burkina. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Profile of Air Burkina". AirValid. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2014". African Airlines Association. 2014. 
  7. ^ "Contact-us." Air Burkina. Retrieved on 19 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Contactez-nous." Air Burkina. Retrieved on 8 December 2011. "Agence Centrale Ouagadougou 29, Av. de la Nation Immeuble Air Burkina 01 BP 1459 Ouagadougou 01"
  9. ^ "Aircraft and Fleet Lists -". ch-aviation. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Air Burkina on course to add first E170 shortly". ch-aviation. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

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