Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport

Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport
Airport type Military / Public
Serves Abidjan
Location Port-Bouët, Côte d'Ivoire
Hub for Air Côte d'Ivoire
Elevation AMSL 29 m / 95 ft
Coordinates 5°15′41.1″N 003°55′32.8″W / 5.261417°N 3.925778°W / 5.261417; -3.925778
Website aeria-ci.com
Location of Airport in Cote d'Ivoire
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,000 9,842 Macadam
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 2,070,000
Passenger change 16–17 +13.2%

Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (IATA: ABJ, ICAO: DIAP), also known as Port Bouët Airport, is located 16 km (9 nmi; 10 mi) south east of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.[1] It is the largest airport in the country for air traffic. The airport is the main hub of the national airline Air Côte d'Ivoire. Named after the first president of Côte d'Ivoire, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, this international airport is connected to Europe primarily via Air France, which offers ten weekly flights and seasonal A380 service,[2] and also Brussels Airlines and to the rest of Africa and the Middle East. Usually, the airport is served by over 20 airlines, covering more than 35 destinations.


The airport is managed by Aeria, a private Ivorian company, who continually developed the airport over the decades and contributing to making it one of the most modern and one of the main hubs of West Africa.

Disturbances that took place in Côte d'Ivoire in the early 2000s had a negative impact on the airport. It is a strategic infrastructure for both the evacuation of foreign nationals and the delivery of military equipment. In November 2004, during the French–Ivorian clashes that occurred in Abidjan, the airport was looted and damaged. It was taken back by French troops and returned to the Ivorian government in the second half of November. The airport was later refurbished by the Ivorian government and modernized with new modern facilities.

On the night of 2 to 3 April 2011, the airport was again taken by the French troops in order to evacuate French nationals and foreigners, as the final assault against the presidential palace was announced, during the battle for Abidjan.[3][4] After the civil war ended in April 2011, the airport was returned to the Ivorian government and development projects, paused for almost a decade, were restarted.

Following the gradual recovery of economic activities in Côte d'Ivoire from 2012, investments and projects to increase the capacity of the airport, provided in March 2010,[5] are in the works since October 2011.[6]

In February 2012, Abdoulaye Coulibaly, president of Aeria's board of directors, indicated that he wanted to make the airport suitable for the Airbus A380. Air France did not deny that it could eventually use the A380 on the Paris-Abidjan route if there were sufficiently strong economic growth.[7]

On 4 May 2012, PROPARCO loans 10 billion CFA francs (15 million euros) to Aeria to fund a major expansion and modernization program for the airport. This loan is part of the renewal of Aeria's concession, effective 1 January 2010, for a period of 20 years. This concession provides investment programs in increments of five years. The first slice of 24 million dollars, includes the renovation of the international terminal, the rehabilitation of the charter terminal and development of new infrastructure.[8][9]

In addition, there are provided an extension of the international terminal of a surface 11 000 to 26 000 m², the refurbishment of the aircraft parking area, renovation of access roads and the construction of a new parking lot. The ultimate goal is to create a commercial zone next to the airport, with a lodging area, hangars, a convention center, a free zone, office buildings, warehouses, exhibition halls, a shopping center and housing for dedicated staff.[10] On 16 June 2012, the Radisson Hotels group announced the laying of the first stone of the future Radisson Blu at the airport.[11] The construction of the five-star hotel, which will have 252 rooms, will take 24 months.[12][13]

Airlines and destinations


Air Algérie Algiers, Bamako
Air Burkina Accra, Bobo-Dioulasso, Ouagadougou
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abuja, Accra, Bamako, Bouaké, Brazzaville, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar–Diass, Douala, Freetown (suspended), Kinshasa–N'djili, Korhogo, Lagos, Libreville, Lomé, Man, Monrovia, N'Djamena, Niamey, Odienné, Ouagadougou, Pointe–Noire, San Pédro, Yaoundé
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Ouagadougou, Bamako
ASKY Airlines Conakry, Lomé
Brussels Airlines Accra, Brussels, Ouagadougou, Cotonou
Camair-Co Dakar,[14] Douala, Yaoundé
Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines Malabo
Corsair International Paris–Orly
EgyptAir Accra, Cairo
Emirates Accra, Dubai–International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Cotonou, Newark[15]
Kenya Airways Dakar–Diass, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mauritania Airlines Bamako, Nouakchott
Med-View AirlineLagos
Middle East Airlines Accra, Beirut, Lagos
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Rwandair Accra, Kigali
South African Airways Accra, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo
TAP Portugal Lisbon
Trans Air Congo Pointe-Noire
Tunisair Tunis, Ouagadougou, Niamey, Cotonou
Turkish Airlines Cotonou, Istanbul–Atatürk


    Air France Cargo Niamey
    Cargolux Accra
    Swiftair Accra, Lagos


    Before the decade of political and military turmoil, the Felix-Houphouet-Boigny airport was among the most important in West Africa, with passenger traffic exceeding one million travelers in the late 1990s. The succession of political and military crises seriously affected the country's image and reduced the importance of the airport in the sub-region in terms of traffic, but in recent years, as stability and strong economic growth have returned, airport traffic has been growing at a fast pace, and is now at its highest ever. In 2017, the airport handled 2.070 million passengers, the highest number in its history.

    Approximate traveler attendance per year

    Ground transport

    The airport is to be served by the new Abidjan Metro, construction of which started in November 2017. The metro should enter commercial service in 2022 and reach the airport by mid-2023.[26]

    Accidents and incidents

    • 3 January 1987: a Varig Boeing 707-379C registration PP-VJK operating flight 797 from Abidjan to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão crashed due to a failure on engine 1 shortly after take-off. While attempting to return to the airport for an emergency landing, it crashed on a field 18 km away from Abidjan's airport. Of the 51 passengers and crew aboard, a single passenger survived.[27][28]
    • 30 January 2000: Kenya Airways flight 431, crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Port Bouet. Of the 179 passengers and crew on board the Airbus 310, only ten people survived.
    • 14 October 2017: Valan International Cargo Charter Antonov An-26 ER-ABV crashed into the sea shortly before landing on a flight from Ouagadougou. Four of the ten people on board were killed.


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    2. "Air France KLM Summer Schedule 2015". Air France KLM. Retrieved 16 October 2015. As a continuation of the winter season, Air France will serve Abidjan (Ivory Coast) daily, including 3 weekly flights by Airbus A380.
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    4. Inquiétude pour la communauté française d'Abidjan – Le Monde Afrique
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    6. Inauguration de l'aérogare charter d'Abidjan, Soro rallume les réacteurs du développement – Nord-Sud sur Abidjan.net
    7. Air France, qui propose déjà sept vols hebdomadaires entre Paris et Abidjan opérés par des Boeing B777-200 et des B777-300, va augmenter de façon pérenne dès son programme d'été...La Tribune
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    9. Modernisation de l'aéroport d'Abidjan financé par Proparco – Marchés Tropicaux & Méditerranéens
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    12. Abidjan aura son Radisson Blu – Jeune Afrique Économie
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    16. Aéroport d'Abidjan: bilan positif, de gros investissements en vue - article d'Acturoutes publié le 5 mars 2014.
    17. 1 2 Interview with Général Abdoulaye Coulibaly – L'Expression on Abidjan.net
    18. Rognone, DG AERIA : « Les temps sont durs » - article de Ouest Afrique Économie publié le 2 décembre 2001.
    19. L'A380 d'Air France sur la ligne Abidjan-Paris décollera en avril 2014 - article d'Acturoutes publié le 23 mai 2013.
    20. Félix Houphouët-Boigny airport : Charter terminal works launched yesterday – L'Expression on Abidjan.net. Consulté le 16 novembre 2012.
    21. Félix Houphouët-Boigny airport : a 50% passenger increase in 2012 – a FratMat.info article published on the 28th of Janvier 2013 Archived 31 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine..
    22. Infrastructures aéroportuaires / Modernisation de l’aéroport d’Abidjan : 21 milliards FCFA investis dans la réhabilitation et l’extension de l’aérogare de fret - article from L’intelligent d’Abidjan on Abidjan.net published on 3 March 2014.
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