N'djili Airport

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N'djili Airport

Aéroport de N'djili
N'djili International Airport
Airport typePublic
LocationKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hub forCongo Airways
Elevation AMSL1,027 ft / 313 m
Coordinates04°23′08.7″S 15°26′40.45″E / 4.385750°S 15.4445694°E / -4.385750; 15.4445694Coordinates: 04°23′08.7″S 15°26′40.45″E / 4.385750°S 15.4445694°E / -4.385750; 15.4445694
FIH is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location of Airport in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 15,420 4,700 Concrete
Statistics (2014)

N'djili Airport (IATA: FIH, ICAO: FZAA) (French: Aéroport de N'djili pronounced [a.e.ʁɔ.pɔʁ də n‿dʒi.li]), also known as N'Djili International Airport and Kinshasa International Airport, serves the city of Kinshasa and is the largest of the four international airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is named after the nearby Ndjili River.[1]


Terminal building
Departures area
Gate area

In 1998, N'Djili airport was the site of one of the decisive battles of the Second Congo War. Rebel forces advancing on Kinshasa infiltrated the airport perimeter but were repulsed by Zimbabwean troops and aircraft arriving to support the government of Laurent Kabila.[2]

In June 2015, a new international terminal was opened which can service one million passengers per year. Some computerized upgrades to the arrivals terminal have been implemented in recent years, although corruption remains a problem.[3][4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Libreville[5]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Kasaï Gemena, Kananga, Mbandaka, Mbuji–Mayi[6]
ASKY Airlines Brazzaville, Libreville, Lomé[7]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Camair-co Brazzaville, Douala[8]
Congo Airways Douala,[9] Goma, Johannesburg–OR Tambo,[9] Kananga, Kindu, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, Mbuji–Mayi,[10] Moanda
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa[11]
flydubai Dubai–International, Entebbe[12]
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
South African Airways Johannesburg–OR Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda[13]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk (ends 31 December 2018),[14] Istanbul–New (begins 1 January 2019),[14] Libreville


Cargolux Luxembourg
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk, Nairobi

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 15 April 1997, a Douglas DC-3 was hijacked at N'djili Airport. There were six to eight hijackers.[17]
  • On 21 June 2010, Hewa Bora Airways Flight 601, operated by McDonnell Douglas MD-82 9Q-COQ burst a tyre on take-off. Hydraulic systems and port engine were damaged and the nose gear did not lower when the aircraft returned to N'djili. All 110 people on board escaped uninjured. The airline blamed the state of the runway for the accident, but investigators found no fault with the runway.[20]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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  3. ^ sangoyacongoactu (25 June 2015). "En direct de l ' Aeroport de N ' djili : Kabila inaugure l ' aérogare modulaire modernisée". Retrieved 6 May 2018 – via YouTube.
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  6. ^ "Air Kasaï, 2016 timetable". www.airkasai.cd. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
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  8. ^ "Cameroon Airlines Corporation Programme d'été du 30/03/14 au 25/10/14" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  9. ^ a b "Congo Airways adds new African destinations in May 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ http://www.congoairways.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/HORAIRE-1-Q400-2016-V2.0-ok.pdf HORAIRE AVEC 1 Q400 DU 06/06 AU 10/07/2016 (Heures locales)
  11. ^ "April 2014 Timetable". timetables.oag.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  12. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "flydubai adds Kinshasa service from April 2018". Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  13. ^ "TAAG Angola Route Map May 2014". www.taag.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines to fully move to Istanbul New in late 4Q18". ch-aviation.com. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  15. ^ "9Q-CUM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  16. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  17. ^ "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  18. ^ "Safety Review". Flight Global. 2003.
  19. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  20. ^ Hradecky, Simon (21 June 2010). "Accident: Hewa Bora MD82 at Kinshasa on Jun 21st 2010, burst tyre on takeoff, hydraulic failure, runway excursion on landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  21. ^ "Georgian Airways CRJ1 at Kinshasa on Apr 4th 2011, missed the runway and broke up". The Aviation herald. Retrieved 5 April 2011.

External links[edit]

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