N'Djamena International Airport

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N'Djamena International Airport
مطار انجمينا الدولي
Aéroport international de N'Djaména
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Government
Serves N'Djamena, Chad
Hub for Toumaï Air Tchad
Elevation AMSL 968 ft / 295 m
Coordinates 12°08′01″N 015°02′02″E / 12.13361°N 15.03389°E / 12.13361; 15.03389Coordinates: 12°08′01″N 015°02′02″E / 12.13361°N 15.03389°E / 12.13361; 15.03389
FTTJ is located in Chad
Location of airport in Chad
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,800 9,186 Asphalt

N'Djamena International Airport (IATA: NDJICAO: FTTJ) (Arabic: مطار انجمينا الدولي‎) is an international airport serving N'Djamena,[1][2] the capital city of Chad. It is the country's only international airport. The airport is dual use, with civilian and military installations on opposite sides of the single runway.


The airport resides at an elevation of 968 feet (295 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 05/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,800 by 45 metres (9,186 ft × 148 ft).[1]

French military base[edit]

There has been a French military base here since independence, the only lapses being in 1975 and again for a couple of years beginning in 1978. After Operation Epervier started, it has been extensively used by French Air Force and Army during various operations. In 2016 Epervier is composed of about 1500 men, a dozen Mirage 2000 fighters, Puma and Caiman helicopters, and transport and tankers aircraft (C-160 Transall, Boeing KC-135, C-130 Hercules) Operations are undertaken over neighbouring Mali and Niger for Operation Barkhane, fighting the jihadist all over the southern Sahara. The whole place is under the authority of COMELEF, usually a French Air Force colonel. The importance of the operation does mean that the runway is always open, and that excellent primary radar coverage is provided, as well as other facilities (military hospital, rescue and fire services, assistance with ATC)

On Sep 7, 1987 a Tupolev Tu-22 of the Libyan Arab Air Force was shot down as it was bombing the French base. French Army Hawk missiles downed this aircraft, three crew members being killed - and the bombs missed their targets, falling in sandy areas.

The French base is also shared by the Chadian Air Force with Su-25 Frogfoot, Mi-24 Hind and C130 Hercules.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Douala[3]
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
ASKY Airlines Abuja, Douala, Lomé[4]
Camair-Co Douala
CEIBA Intercontinental Douala, Malabo
Egyptair Cairo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Sudan Airways Kano, Khartoum
Tarco Air Khartoum[5]
Toumaï Air Tchad Seasonal: Jeddah
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk[6]


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Cairo, Lagos, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Cargolux Luxembourg
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Etihad Crystal Cargo Abu Dhabi
Saudia Cargo Dubai-Al Maktoum, Jeddah, Sharjah[7]


  • On 28 January 1978,[8] Douglas C-47 TT-EAB of Air Tchad[9] was reportedly shot down by rebels near Tibesti.[8] The damaged aircraft apparently landed at N'Djamena International Airport.[10]
  • On 19 September 1989, UTA Flight 772, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 (registration N54629)[1] operating the Brazzaville-N'Djamena-Paris CDG sector, was bombed 46 minutes after take-off from N'Djamena causing the aircraft to crash while flying over Niger. All 156 passengers and 14 crew members on board perished.[11][12] For nearly 20 years, this incident marked the deadliest air disaster involving a French-operated airliner, in terms of loss of life. As of June 2009, it ranks as the second-deadliest (after Air France Flight 447).
  • On 24 July 2001, Vickers Viscount 3D-OHM of Transtel was damaged beyond economic repair in a take-off accident. Although written off by the insurers, the aircraft was repaired. Repairs were almost complete when a soldier accidentally discharged his gun, puncturing a fuel tank.[13]
  • On 24 January 2007, Air West Flight 612, a Boeing 737-200, landed at N'Djamena after being hijacked.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for FTTJ from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ a b Airport information for NDJ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Air Côte d'Ivoire Adds New Destinations in Africa from late-August 2013". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  4. ^ June 2016 Timetable, http://www.flyasky.com/asky/horaires/ndj
  5. ^ http://tarcoair.reservaweb.com.br/horariovoos.asp
  6. ^ "Turkish Airlines to Start Kano / N'Djamena Service from mid-December 2013". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.saudiacargo.com/downloads/2012/oct/2012%20Winter%20Freighter%20Commercial%20Schedule%2028Oct12-30Mar13%20Africa%20&%20MENAT.pdf
  8. ^ a b "TT-EAB Criminal occurrence description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Douglas DC-3 and C-47 in Chad, Spelled Tchad in French". The Dakota Association of South Africa. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Jacques Hémet shares his vintage propliner images". Ruud Leeuw. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - UTA 772: The forgotten flight". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Harro Ranter (19 September 1989). "ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N54629 Ténéré desert". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 

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