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Old September 24th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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New Dakar Airport to be Completed in 2014

A new international airport serving Dakar, Senegal will open in the first quarter of 2014, Prime Minister Abdul Mbaye told the country’s National Assembly recently.

Work on the new Aéroport International Blaise Diagne de Diass (AIBD) began in 2007 and was originally targeted for completion in late 2011.

The new airport is being developed at Diass, about 45 km from Dakar, and will have an initial operating capacity to handle 3 million passengers a year from a single runway. A second phase of development could ultimately provide capacity for 10 million passengers a year with development of a second runway.

The airport is being built on a site of about 4,500 hectares, which dwarfs the existing Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (AILSS), just 9 km from the center of Dakar, which is overflowing its 800-hectare site. Total development cost of AIBD is estimated to be $725 million, funded largely by loans from a number of banks that reportedly include the African Development Bank, the French Development Agency, the West African Development Bank, and other banks from South Africa, Canada and Saudi Arabia.

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