Cadjehoun Airport

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Cardinal Bernadin Gantin International Airport

Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport
Aeroport International Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, Cotonou, Bénin Jan 10, 2020 09-22-41 AM.jpeg
ServesCotonou and Porto-Novo, Benin
Hub forRwandair[1]
Elevation AMSL6 m / 19 ft
Coordinates6°21′21″N 2°23′06″E / 6.35583°N 2.38500°E / 6.35583; 2.38500
COO is located in Benin
Location of Airport in Benin
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Sources: GCM[2] ACI's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report.

Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport (IATA: COO, ICAO: DBBB) is an airport in the Cadjehoun neighborhood of Cotonou, the largest city in Benin, in West Africa. The airport is the largest in the country, and as such, is the primary entry point into the country by air, with flights to Africa and Europe.

The airport is named after cardinal Bernardin Gantin.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Burkina Lomé, Ouagadougou
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Libreville[3]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Senegal Dakar–Diass[4]
ASKY Airlines Lomé, Ouagadougou
Benin Airlines[5] Parakou
Brussels Airlines Abidjan, Brussels
Camair-Co Douala, Lagos
CEIBA Intercontinental Dakar–Diass, Malabo
Cronos Airlines Bata, Malabo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Mauritania Airlines Bamako, Brazzaville, Nouakchott
Overland Airways Lagos[6]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
RwandAir Abidjan,[1] Bamako,[1] Brazzaville, Conakry,[1] Dakar–Diass,[1] Douala,[1] Kigali, Libreville
Trans Air Congo Brazzaville, Libreville, Pointe-Noire
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul


Allied Air Lagos, Libreville
Air France Cargo Paris–Charles de Gaulle


Annual passenger traffic at COO airport. See source Wikidata query.
Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2007 401,073 Increase20.79% 9,274 Increase13.96% 5,772 Increase36.94%
2008 394,444 Decrease 1.65% 9,915 Increase 6.91% 10,091 Increase74.83%
2009 391,318 Decrease 0.79% 10,209 Increase 2.97% 8,081 Decrease19.92%
2010 406,491 Increase 3.88% 11,604 Increase13.66% 6,047 Decrease25.17%
2011 432,500 Increase 6.40% N.D. N.D. 6,829 Increase12.93%
2012 481,389 Increase11.30% N.D. N.D. 6,959 Increase 1.90%
2013 470,068 Decrease 2.35% 11,876 N.D. 6,506 Decrease 6.51%
2014 503,633 Increase7.14% 11,855 Decrease 0.18% 7,995 Increase22.89%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Reports
(Years 2005,[7] 2006,[8] 2007,[9] 2009,[10] 2011,[11] 2012,[12] 2013,[13] and 2014[14])

Accidents and incidents[edit]


In 1974, it was decided to move the operations of the Cotonou international airport to a new facility in Glo-Djigbé. Lack of funding quickly stopped the project.

Plans were revived in 2011 and President Yayi Boni presided at a ceremonial start to the construction of the new airport, using South African funding.[15] Construction on the new facility appears to have stalled again.[16]

Meanwhile, improvements to the Cotonou airport were initiated.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b c d e f 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Rwandair opens Cotonou hub in late-August 2017". Retrieved 10 May 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Airport information for COO at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ "Air Côte d'Ivoire adds new sectors from April 2017". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Air Senegal outlines proposed regional network from late-Sep 2018". Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Airport Council International[permanent dead link]'s 2005 World Airport Traffic Report
  8. ^ Airport Council International Archived 7 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine's 2006 World Airport Traffic Report
  9. ^ Airport Council International Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine's 2007 World Airport Traffic Report
  10. ^ Airport Council International Archived 11 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine's 2009 World Airport Traffic Report
  11. ^ Airport Council International Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine's 2011 World Airport Traffic Report
  12. ^ Airport Council International Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine's 2012 World Airport Traffic Report
  13. ^ Airport Council International Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine's 2013 World Airport Traffic Report
  14. ^ Airport Council International Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report
  15. ^ Beninese Embassy in Paris, France. "Bénin : Glo-Djigbé, un aéroport flambant neuf à 360 milliards". Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  16. ^ Teiga, Marcus Boni (27 June 2012). "Bénin – Que sont les grands projets économiques devenus?" (in French). SlateAfrique. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  17. ^ The President visits the airport Archived 6 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine French
  18. ^ The President inaugurates improvements Archived 6 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine French

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