Blaise Diagne International Airport

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Blaise Diagne International Airport
Aéroport International Blaise Diagne
Airport type Civil
Owner Government of Senegal
Operator Summa-Limak
Serves Dakar
Location Diass, Senegal
Elevation AMSL 295 ft / 90 m
Coordinates 14°40′16″N 17°4′1″W / 14.67111°N 17.06694°W / 14.67111; -17.06694 (Blaise Diagne International Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
19/01 3,500 x 75 11,483 Asphalt

The Blaise Diagne International Airport is an international airport under construction near the town of Diass, Senegal. It will serve as a new airport for Dakar, as the old Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport is becoming too small for future operations.

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. Construction of the new airport is almost 90% complete.

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


The new airport will be connected to Dakar city with a new rail line, called Train Express Regional.


  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. 

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