Modibo Keita International Airport

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Modibo Keita International Airport

Aéroport international Modibo Keita
Aéroport international Modibo Keïta1.jpg
Airport typeJoint (Public/Military)
OperatorAéroports du Mali (ADM)
LocationBamako, Mali
Opened1974 (1974)
Elevation AMSL1,247 ft / 380 m
Coordinates12°32′16″N 07°56′35″W / 12.53778°N 7.94306°W / 12.53778; -7.94306Coordinates: 12°32′16″N 07°56′35″W / 12.53778°N 7.94306°W / 12.53778; -7.94306
BKO is located in Mali
Location of airport in Mali
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 8,879* 2,706* Asphalt
*planned runway length extension to 10,444 ft. / 3,180 m complete by 9 Mar 2010 as part of Mali MCC.[1]

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 the country's only international airport. It is managed by Aéroports du Mali (ADM).[1] Its operations are overseen by the Malian Ministry of Equipment and Transport.[2]


Bamako-Sénou Airport was opened to traffic in 1974. The airport was upgraded between 2007 and 2012 in a US$181 million project funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a United States foreign aid agency.[3][4]

Military base[edit]

Bamako–Sénou International Airport is adjacent to Air Base 101, which is used by the Mali Air Force.[5]


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.[1]

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.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Algérie Algiers
Air Burkina Dakar–Diass, Ouagadougou
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Bouaké,[6] Dakar–Diass[7]
Air France Abidjan, Monrovia-Roberts,[8] Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Senegal Dakar–Diass
ASKY Airlines Conakry, Dakar–Diass, Lomé, Niamey[9]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dakar–Diass
Kenya Airways Dakar–Diass, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mauritania Airlines Abidjan, Cotonou, Dakar–Diass, Nouakchott
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Sky Mali Gao, Kayes, Timbuktu
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines1Istanbul,[10] Niamey[11]

^1 : Turkish Airlines's inbound flight from Istanbul (IST) to Bamako (BKO) stops first in Ouagadougou (OUA) , but the outbound flight from BKO to IST is nonstop. Turkish Airlines does not have local traffic rights on the OUA – BKO sector.


DHL Aviation Lagos
Cargolux Luxembourg[12]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Composante aéroport Bamako–Sénou Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Proposition MCA-Mali (2006)
  2. ^ a b Air traffic at Bamako airport increases by 14% in 2008 Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. PANA press. 14 January 2009
  3. ^ Mali Compact: Bamako–Sénou Airport Improvement Project, Millennium Challenge Corporation, archived from the original on 15 August 2012, retrieved 26 August 2012
  4. ^ 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, archived from the original on 19 April 2010, retrieved 26 August 2012
  5. ^ de Cherisey, Erwan (13 July 2018). "Mali receives four Super Tucanos". Jane's Information Group. Photographs released by the presidency showed at least nine Malian Air Force personnel in anti- g flight suits standing in front of the four aircraft at Air Base 101, which is next to Bamako’s international airport.
  6. ^ "Bouaké, Ivory Coast to see inaugural int'l ops in 4Q18". 8 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Air Côte d'Ivoire adds new sectors from April 2017". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air France resumes Monrovia service from April 2020". Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  9. ^ June 2016 Timetable,
  10. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  11. ^ "Turkish Airlines Launches a New Route to Bamako" (Press release). Turkish Airlines. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "6V-AAP Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 September 2010.

External links[edit]

Media related to Bamako-Sénou International Airport at Wikimedia Commons