N'djili Airport

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N'djili Airport
Aéroport de N'djili
Summary
Airport type Public
Location Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hub for Congo Airways
Elevation AMSL 1,027 ft / 313 m
Coordinates 04°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
Map
FIH is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
FIH
FIH
Location of Airport in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 15,420 4,700 Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 672,347

N'djili Airport (IATA: FIHICAO: FZAA), 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.[2]

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.[3]

The airport has barely been maintained or upgraded and is still using the infrastructure built by the Belgians during the colonial era.[4] Some computerized upgrades to the arrivals terminal have been implemented in recent years although it is never necessary to open your bags if you pay $1 US to the staff there. Corruption and backhanders are still the norm.[5] In June 2015 a new international terminal was opened which can service 1 million passengers per year.[6][7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Libreville[8]
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Kasaï Gemena, Kananga, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi[9]
Arik Air Douala, Lagos
ASKY Airlines Brazzaville, Libreville, Lomé[10]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Camair-co Brazzaville, Douala[11]
Congo Airways Goma, Kananga, Kindu, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi[12]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa[13]
Kenya Airways Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda[14]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Libreville

Cargo[edit]

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

Accidents and incidents[edit]

References[edit]

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

  1. ^ List of the busiest airports in Africa
  2. ^ Kambale, Juakali (14 June 2010). "By the Rivers of Kinshasa Town". East African. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Tom. "Zaire/DR.Congo 1980–2001". ACIG.ORG. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.cinqchantiers-rdc.com/English/interview6.html
  5. ^ "How to Survive N'djili Airport" hudin.com
  6. ^ Full broadcast of opening (in French), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWLMsxGoilw
  7. ^ http://www.kentucky.com/2015/06/25/3917223/congos-president-inaugurates-new.html
  8. ^ http://www.aircotedivoire.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/fih.pdf
  9. ^ Air Kasaï, 2016 timetable, http://www.airkasai.cd/nos-destinations-2/
  10. ^ June 2016 Timetable, http://www.flyasky.com/asky/horaires/fih
  11. ^ "Cameroon Airlines Corporation Programme d'été du 30/03/14 au 25/10/14" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  12. ^ HORAIRE AVEC 1 Q400 DU 06/06 AU 10/07/2016 (Heures locales), http://www.congoairways.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/HORAIRE-1-Q400-2016-V2.0-ok.pdf
  13. ^ April 2014 Timetable, http://timetables.oag.com/itt/et-routemapper/?language=en
  14. ^ TAAG Angola Route Map May 2014, http://www.taag.com/en/route-map.aspx
  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. 

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