Senegal: Dakar International Airport records a 52% drop in air traffic

Par ediallo - 12 December, 2020 - 08:17

Dakar Blaise Diagne international airport saw its traffic fall by 52% from January to November 2020, due to the Covid-19 which paralysed operations for 4 months. The Senegalese hub, which is completing its 3rd year of service, handled nearly 2.5 million passengers in 2019.

Until the end of November 2020, the Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport handled only 48% of the traffic recorded last year. This is the observation drawn up by the airport manager LAS (Limak-Aibd-Summa) on Monday 7 December, on the sidelines of the celebration of the third anniversary of the infrastructure.

This drop in passenger numbers is of course the consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the suspension of regular flights at the hub between the end of March and mid-July (when the air borders reopened).

In spite of this 52% drop in traffic, LAS has nevertheless ensured 100% of its expenses, with the participation of all the personnel who have made financial efforts. "It's difficult, but we are happy, because many airports have not reached this level of traffic [...].

The staff is committed and loyal to the airport. We have asked our staff to make efforts such as salary and lifestyle cuts to save money," says Xavier Mary, LAS Managing Director.

Before the crisis, the ISO 9001v2015 certified platform was showing positive traffic growth. In 2019, Dakar Blaise Diagne airport recorded 2.49 million passengers (+5.93% excluding transit).

Despite the uncertainty that reigns over the total recovery of air transport throughout the world, the airport manager is optimistic. Moreover, a new VIP lounge called "Hayoma" was inaugurated this Monday.

In order to maintain the quality of service, the continuous improvement of the fluidity in the terminal, the opening of a new fast-food point at the boarding gate, another VIP lounge in the arrivals area, the construction of a solar power plant and other environmental projects are planned.

Romuald Ngueyap