Blaise Diagne International Airport

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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

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 a new airport for Dakar, replacing Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, which became too small. 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.

Opening delays[edit]

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. In April 4, 2015 Reuters announced a new opening date for early 2016.

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

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

Ground Transportation[edit]

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aigle Azur Marseille
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 (begins 4 December 2018), Banjul (begins 20 November 2018), Bissau,[6] Conakry, Cotonou,[6] Paris–Charles de Gaulle (begins 1 February 2019),[7] Ouagadougou (begins 4 December 2018), Praia,[6] Ziguinchor
Arik Air Accra, Banjul, Lagos
ASKY Airlines Abidjan, Bissau, Lomé
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North
Brussels Airlines Brussels, Banjul, Conakry
Cabo Verde Airlines Sal (begins 9 December 2018)[8]
Camair-Co Abidjan, Douala[9]
CEIBA Intercontinental Cotonou, Malabo[10]
Corsair International Paris–Orly (ends 31 January 2019)[11]
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Emirates Dubai–International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Bamako
Fly Mid Africa Accra, Banjul, Freetown, Lagos[12]
Guinea Airlines Banjul, Conakry (both begin 1 December 2018)[13]
Iberia Madrid
Kenya Airways Abidjan, Bamako, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mauritania Airlines Abidjan, Bamako, Conakry, Freetown, Nouakchott
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
South African Airways Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo, Washington–Dulles
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transair Banjul, Bissau, Cap Skirring, Conakry, Kolda, Praia, Ziguinchor[14]
Charter: Kédougou, Tambacounda
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Tunisair Conakry, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk1 (ends 31 December 2018),[15] Istanbul–Havalimanı (begins 1 January 2019)[15]
Vueling Barcelona[16]

^1 : Some Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul–Atatürk 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


  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 plans Paris launch in Feb 2019". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  8. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Cabo Verde Airlines adds Dakar service from Dec 2018".
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  11. ^ "Corsairfly ends Dakar service in Jan 2019". Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Fly Mid Africa Schedule" (PDF). Retrieved 30 August 2018.
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  15. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines to fully move to Istanbul New in late 4Q18". 16 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  16. ^ "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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