Cadjehoun Airport

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Cardinal Bernadin Gantin International Airport
Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport


COO is located in Benin
Location of Airport in Benin
Serves Cotonou
Elevation AMSL 19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 6°21′21″N 2°23′06″E / 6.35583°N 2.38500°E / 6.35583; 2.38500
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Sources: GCM[1] Google Maps[2] ACI's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report.

Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport (IATA: COOICAO: DBBB) is an airport in 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 Cotonou VOR-DME (Ident: TYE) is on the field. The Cotonou non-directional beacon (Ident: CO) is located 1.4 nautical miles northeast of the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Burkina Lomé, Ouagadougou
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Accra
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Arik Air Douala, Lagos
ASKY Airlines Lomé
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Camair-Co Douala, Lagos
Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines Malabo, Dakar
Cronos Airlines Malabo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Equatorial Congo Airlines Douala, Brazzaville, Pointe–Noire
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
RwandAir Kigali, Libreville[3]
South African Airways Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo, Pointe–Noire
Trans Air Congo Brazzaville, Pointe–Noire, Libreville
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk


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


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,[4] 2006,[5] 2007,[6] 2009,[7] 2011,[8] 2012,[9] 2013,[10] and 2014[11])

Incidents and accidents[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.[12] Construction on the new facility appears to have stalled again.[13]

Meanwhile, improvements to the Cotonou airport were initiated.[14][15]


  1. ^ Airport information for COO at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Google Maps - Cotonou
  3. ^
  4. ^ Airport Council International's 2005 World Airport Traffic Report
  5. ^ Airport Council International's 2006 World Airport Traffic Report
  6. ^ Airport Council International's 2007 World Airport Traffic Report
  7. ^ Airport Council International's 2009 World Airport Traffic Report
  8. ^ Airport Council International's 2011 World Airport Traffic Report
  9. ^ Airport Council International's 2012 World Airport Traffic Report
  10. ^ Airport Council International's 2013 World Airport Traffic Report
  11. ^ Airport Council International's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report
  12. ^ Beninese Embassy in Paris, France. "Bénin : Glo-Djigbé, un aéroport flambant neuf à 360 milliards". Retrieved 6 July 2013. [dead link]
  13. ^ Teiga, Marcus Boni (27 June 2012). "Bénin – Que sont les grands projets économiques devenus?" (in French). SlateAfrique. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  14. ^ The President visits the airport French
  15. ^ The President inaugurates improvements French

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