Bamako–Sénou International Airport
|Modibo Keita International Airport
Aéroport international Modibo Keita
|Airport type||Joint (Public/Military)|
|Operator||Aéroports du Mali (ADM)|
|Elevation AMSL||1,247 ft / 380 m|
*planned runway length extension to 10,444 ft. / 3,180 m complete by 9 Mar 2010 as part of Mali MCC.
Bamako's Modibo Keita International Airport (IATA: BKO, ICAO: GABS) (formerly Bamako-Sénou International Airport) is Mali's main airport located approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of downtown Bamako, the capital of Mali in West Africa. It is managed by Aéroports du Mali (ADM). Its operations are overseen by the Malian Ministry of Equipment and Transport.
Bamako-Sénou Airport was opened to traffic in 1974. The airport was upgraded between 2007 and 2012 in a $181 million USD project funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a United States foreign aid agency.
Passenger traffic steadily increased in the early 2000s. Government figures show 403,380 passengers in 1999, 423,506 in 2003, 486,526 in 2004, and 516,000 in 2005. In 2006 it was predicted to reach over 900,000 by 2015 under a low (4%) yearly growth rate scenario.
Total air traffic at BKO increased by 12.4% in 2007 and 14% in 2008. Most of this increase came in passenger transport, with the number of passengers served increasing by 20% in 2007 and 17% in 2008. Twenty-seven airline carriers operated weekly or better at BKO in the 2007–2008 period. This continued growth was offset by cargo flights' decline of 16.75% in 2007, and 3.93% in 2008.
Airlines and destinations
^1 : Turkish Airlines's inbound flight from Istanbul-Atatürk to Bamako stops first in Ouagadougou, but the outbound flight from Bamako to IST is nonstop. Turkish Airlines does not have local traffic rights on the OUA – BKO sector.
Accidents and incidents
- On 24 July 1971, Douglas C-47A 6V-AAP of Air Ivoire crashed into a hill shortly after take-off. The aircraft was operating a scheduled passenger flight. All six people on board were killed.
- Composante aéroport Bamako–Sénou, Proposition MCA-Mali (2006)
- Air traffic at Bamako airport increases by 14% in 2008 Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. PANA press. 14 January 2009
- Mali Compact: Bamako–Sénou Airport Improvement Project, Millennium Challenge Corporation, retrieved 26 August 2012
- Millennium Challenge Account-Mali, Rapport d'Etude d'Impact Environnemental et Social du Projet de Modernisation et d'extension de l'Aéroport Bamako–Sénou (in French), Millennium Challenge Corporation, retrieved 26 August 2012
- June 2016 Timetable, http://www.flyasky.com/asky/horaires/bko
- "Turkish Airlines Launches a New Route to Bamako" (Press release). Turkish Airlines. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "6V-AAP Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
- Official website
- A–Z World Airports: Bamako – Senou Int'l Airport (BKO/GABS)
- Airport information for GABS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Aeronautical charts for BKO/GABS from ASECNA
- Current weather for GABS at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for BKO at Aviation Safety Network
- Avient Aviation Scheduled Flights