The reconstruction of five regional airports will contribute to the development of Senegal’s transport infrastructure, as well as improve access to remote areas of the country, whilst developing potential for receiving international flights from Europe or Africa.
Thanks to the recently opened Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) coupled with the network of regional airports, Senegal is set to become West Africa’s air transport hub.
"Air transport must be revived, this is one of the key conditions for the booming Senegal," stated the President of Senegal in one of his speeches.
The airports are to be categorized as regional-international airports, which implies the possibility of transport connections within West Africa. In the case of St. Louis and Ziguinchor airports, receiving flights from European destinations is also being considered. These airports have also been designed to receive the widely spread medium-haul aircraft types, i.e. Airbus A320 and Boeing B737.
The smaller of the airports should be able to handle approx. half a million passengers per year, while the larger ones almost a million per year. The two smaller airports will be able to receive short-haul passenger aircraft types such as ATR turboprops or Embraer regional jets. All the airports will be able to handle cargo aircraft on top of the passenger ones.
Dozens of people will be employed in three-shift operations at each airport. In many cases, these will include highly qualified and specialized positions, such as air traffic controllers, engineering teams for the operation and maintenance of light-technical, navigation and power supply equipment, other technicians and IT professionals, security, passport and customs officers and many others. Moreover, selected Senegalese technicians (coming from regions where the airports are located) will be trained in the Czech Republic. The selected people will be trained in the installation of modular airport structures and their subsequent maintenance.
As such, the implementation of the project therefore tremendously contributes to the development of employment in the concerned regions, which strongly correlates with the Senegalese Government‘s policy.