Bamako–Sénou International Airport

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Modibo Keita International Airport
Aéroport international Modibo Keita


BKO is located in Mali
Location of airport in Mali
Airport type Joint (Public/Military)
Operator Aéroports du Mali (ADM)
Location Bamako, Mali
Opened 1974 (1974)
Elevation AMSL 1,247 ft / 380 m
Coordinates 12°32′16″N 007°56′35″W / 12.53778°N 7.94306°W / 12.53778; -7.94306
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 8,879* 2,706* Asphalt
*planned runway length extension to 10,444 ft. / 3,180 m complete by 9 Mar 2010 as part of Mali MCC.[1]

Bamako's Modibo Keita International Airport (IATA: BKOICAO: GABS) (formerly Bamako-Sénou International Airport) is Mali's main airport located approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of downtown Bamako, the capital of Mali in West Africa. It is managed by Aéroports du Mali (ADM).[1] Its operations are overseen by the Malian Ministry of Equipment and Transport.[2]


Bamako-Sénou Airport was opened to traffic in 1974. The airport was upgraded between 2007 and 2012 in a $181 million USD project funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a United States foreign aid agency.[3][4]


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. In 2006 it was predicted to reach over 900,000 by 2015 under a low (4%) yearly growth rate scenario.[1]

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.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Entrance to the main terminal building


Airlines Destinations
Aigle Azur Paris-Orly
Air Algérie Abidjan, Algiers
Air Burkina Dakar, Ouagadougou
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
ASKY Airlines Conakry, Lomé[5]
Equatorial Congo Airlines Brazzaville, Dakar [6]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dakar
Interair South Africa Cotonou
Kenya Airways Dakar, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mauritania Airlines International Abidjan, Nouakchott
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Sénégal Airlines Cotonou, Dakar, Niamey, Ouagadougou[7]
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk[8]


Airlines Destinations
Africa West Airlines Cotonou, Liège, Lomé, Niamey[9]
DHL Aviation Lagos

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Composante aéroport Bamako–Sénou, Proposition MCA-Mali (2006)
  2. ^ a b Air traffic at Bamako airport increases by 14% in 2008. PANA press. 14 January 2009
  3. ^ Mali Compact: Bamako–Sénou Airport Improvement Project, Millennium Challenge Corporation, retrieved 26 August 2012 
  4. ^ 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 
  5. ^ August 2015 Timetable,
  6. ^ EC Air begin new service to Dakar via Bamako
  7. ^ Senegal Airlines route map, May 2014,
  8. ^ "Turkish Airlines Launches a New Route to Bamako" (Press release). Turkish Airlines. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Africa West Cargo Schedule
  10. ^ "6V-AAP Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 September 2010.