Blaise Diagne International Airport

Blaise Diagne International Airport
Aéroport International Blaise Diagne
Airport type Civil
Owner Government of Senegal
Operator Summa-Limak
Serves Dakar
Location Diass, Senegal
Elevation AMSL 289.59 ft / 88.27 m
Coordinates 14°40′16″N 17°4′1″W / 14.67111°N 17.06694°W / 14.67111; -17.06694 (Blaise Diagne International Airport)
Location of airport in Senegal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,500 11,483 Asphalt

The Blaise Diagne International Airport (French: Aéroport international Blaise Diagne, IATA: DSS, ICAO: GOBD) is an international airport near the town of Diass, Senegal, 27 miles east of downtown Dakar. It serves as a new airport for Dakar, replacing Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, which became too small. Regular flights are operated from it to destinations across many parts of Africa, as well as to Europe, Macaronesia, the Middle East, and the USA.

Opening delays

The airport was originally expected to be operational at the end of the year 2011,[1] but this date was pushed back by almost a year in September of that year.[2] In September 2012, Senegalese Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye announced that the airport would open in the first quarter of 2014.[3] In January 2015, word spread that the airport would open in June 2015. In April 4, 2015 Reuters announced a new opening date for early 2016.

The expected building costs have risen to 566 million euros,[2] with over 400 million coming from the Saudi Binladin Group.[4]

The airport opened for scheduled operations on December 7, 2017.[5]

Ground Transportation

The Train Express Regional is a planned rail-link between the airport and Dakar and is expected to be complete in late 2018.

Airlines and destinations


Aigle Azur Marseille
Air Algérie Algiers
Air Burkina Bamako, Ouagadougou
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Bamako, Conakry
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Italy Milan–Malpensa
Arik Air Lagos, Accra,Banjul
ASKY Airlines Abidjan, Bissau, Lomé
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North
Brussels Airlines Brussels, Banjul, Conakry
Camair-Co Abidjan, Douala[6]
CEIBA Intercontinental Cotonou, Malabo[7]
Corsair International Paris–Orly
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Emirates Dubai–International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Bamako
Fly Mid Africa Accra, Banjul, Freetown, Lagos[8]
Iberia Madrid
Kenya Airways Abidjan, Bamako, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mauritania Airlines Abidjan, Bamako, Conakry, Freetown, Nouakchott
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
South African Airways Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo, Washington–Dulles
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transair Banjul, Bissau, Cap Skirring, Conakry, Kolda, Praia, Ziguinchor[9]
Charter: Kédougou, Tambacounda
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Tunisair Conakry, Tunis
Turkish Airlines1 Istanbul–Atatürk
Vueling Barcelona[10]

^1 : Some Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul–Atatürk to Dakar stop in Nouakchott, but the flight from Dakar to Istanbul is nonstop. Other times the flight from Istanbul to Dakar is nonstop, but the DSS–IST return journey stops in Banjul. In both cases, Turkish Airlines does not have local traffic rights between Dakar and the other destination alone.


Lufthansa Cargo São Paulo–Guarulhos, Campinas-Viracopos
Kalitta Air São Paulo–Guarulhos


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