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Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport

Airport information
 Location of Airport in Senegal
Airport typePublic / Military
LocationYoff, Senegal
Elevation26 m (85 ft)

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Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport ( ) is an international airport serving Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The airport is situated near the town of Yoff, north of Dakar. It was known as Dakar Yoff International Airport ( ) until 9 October 1996, when it was renamed in honor of Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first president of Senegal.

The airport can handle aircraft up to the size of the Boeing 747 jets. In 2009, the airport served about 1,500,000 passengers.

In 2007, Patrick Smith, author of the Ask the Pilot column for, called it the "World's Worst Airport", commenting that he found there "only squalor, an unnerving sense of confinement and to some extent danger".

Construction on a replacement airport 45km inland from Léopold Sédar Senghor has begun. Saudi Binladin Group, which is owned by the estranged family of Osama Bin Laden is constructing the new airport, named after the first black African elected to France's parliament in 1914, Blaise Diagne. It should take 30 months to build and have an initial capacity of 3 million passengers a year - almost double the 1.7 million annual traffic handled by the existing airport.

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