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Air Sénégal launch slips to late 4Q17

Posted 20 June 2017 · Add Comment

Senegalese Minister for Tourism and Air Transport, Maimouna Ndoye, has reaffirmed the West African state's commitment to see national carrier, Air Sénégal be the first airline to use Dakar's new Blaise Diagne International Airport, built at a cost of XOF375 billion West African CFA Francs (USD640 million), reports ch-aviation.

Ndoye said the opening, and therefore the start-up's inaugural service, have been scheduled for December 7, 2017. Original projections had aimed for a late September/October launch at the latest.

"The company will start with two aircraft but the State intends to lease three more aircraft to serve African as well as European destinations," she said. "Our objective remains that the first aircraft to take off from BDIA is that of the new company, Air Sénégal SA."

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