Conakry International Airport
Conakry International Airport
Aéroport international de Conakry
|Hub for||Guinea Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||72 ft / 22 m|
Conakry International Airport (IATA: CKY, ICAO: GUCY), also known as Gbessia International Airport, is an airport serving Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. It parallels the south shore of the Kaloum Peninsula approximately five kilometers from its tip. Autoroute Fidel Castro connects the airport to Conakry proper.
The airport is divided into domestic and international terminals. A number of West African, North African and European airlines serve Conakry.
The airport was built in 1945.
All non-ECOWAS foreigners are required to have a valid Guinean visa and a vaccination card in order to be granted entry. Yellow fever vaccination cards are verified upon entry into the country at Gbessia.
As of 2010, the airport possesses no radar and guides all planes in by sight. Night flights by European airlines require pilots to do a fly over of the runway following a near miss of a landing Air France A330 from Paris and a departing Air Senegal International Boeing 737-700 to Dakar.
In 2009, with a goal to increase annual passenger capacity to 1 million passengers, renovations began on the main terminal. Renovation costs amounted to 60 billion GNF (Around 85 million EUR). The government debated in 2007 whether to relocate the Conakry Airport to Forecariah, although no official changes have been declared, as of 2011. Traditionally, passengers embarked on all flights directly on the tarmac with transfers to the airport either by foot (most inter West African flights) or by buses for all European flights. The new renovations included gateways and an improved passenger departure lounge. As of January 2011, no changes have been made to the arrivals (customs and luggage carousels). The airport, as of 2012, has 360,000+ passengers per year.
Airlines and destinations
^1 : Emirates' flight to Dubai–International from Conakry makes an initial stop in Dakar, but the flight Dubai–International to Conakry is nonstop. Emirates does not have local traffic rights on the Dakar to Conakry sector.
Student use for exam preparation
- The airport parking lot is also a popular destination for students preparing for exams, as it is one of the few places in the country which is freely accessible to the public and always illuminated by electric lamps.
- On 1 July 1983, a CAAK (predecessor to Air Koryo) Ilyushin Il-62M on a non-scheduled international passenger flight from Pyongyang, North Korea (Sunan International Airport) to Conakry, Guinea (Conakry International Airport) crashed at the Fouta Djall Mountains in Guinea. All 23 persons on board were killed, and the aircraft was written off.
- On 19 November 2000, a now-defunct Ghana Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-9 landed without landing gear in Conakry. The plane was written off.
- On 28 June 2003, a missing Boeing 727-223 N844AA was believed to have been found repainted at the Conakry Airport by Canadian AirServ pilot, Bob Strother. This was dismissed as incorrect.
- In 2003 or 2004, an Air Serv International Beechcraft 200 Super King Air landed without front landing gear. Damage was subsequently fixed.
- In 2007, a Guinean Air Force MiG-21 departing from GUCY crashed into the Radio Television Guineenne headquarters. The Russian pilot ejected and was unharmed.
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