Travellers advised on changes at Senegal's new airport

Friday, December 8, 2017

South African Airways (SAA) has advised travellers of airport changes in Senegal that come into effect today.

“SAA advises all customers that with effect Friday, 8 December 2017, the flagship airport for Dakar, Senegal, will change from Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, airport code DKR  to Blaise Diagne International Airport, airport code DSS,” said the national carrier on Thursday.

The airline advised customers that all airport services at Léopold Sédar Senghor International airport were terminated on Thursday.

This meant that flight SA207 that departed from Johannesburg for Dakar on Thursday night, was SAA’s first flight to land at the new airport at 1:20am on Friday.

In addition, SAA’s flight times schedule to and from Blaise Diagne International Airport will continue as per the original time schedules and frequency.

Customers can expect a bigger, more modern airport at the west coast African country. The new airport has 44 check-in counters, which serve both domestic and international traffic, and 20 passport control areas in the departures and arrivals terminal.

The new airport is based in rural Diass, around 40 kilometres east of Dakar. The remote location offers more space for the project than the busy capital, where the existing airport has been affected by heavy traffic congestion. The airline encouraged customers to make provision for all changes and allow additional travel time to and from the new airport.

“This will contribute towards seamless transition between the two airports. SAA customers can also expect facilities such as bridge facilities on arrival and departure, lounges for Premium Class customers, and frequent flyers, duty free shops, and restaurants.”

SAA’s check-in counters are located on the left side of the passenger terminal where the majority of Star Alliance carriers are located. The SAA ticketing office faces the main entrance on the left.

Customers can find flight updates and related information on the SAA website www.flysaa.com by selecting the flight status menu tab.

They can also contact the carrier’s call centre in Johannesburg on 011 978 1111 or 0861 606 606 and in Senegal (Dakar City Office) on +221 33 889 0089 or +221 33 889 1409. - SAnews.gov.za

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