Diass – Senegal’s new international airport was opening its runways on Thursday as the West African country hopes to become a travel hub for the region.
Airport International Blaise-Diagne, which had faced more than 10 years of delays, is meant to anchor Senegal’s economic and tech center. The airport has had mixed reviews with its location of more than 50km from the capital, Dakar. A connecting train service is still years from completion.
The airport, with an investment estimated at $575m US dollars, is five times larger than the old one. It is expected to see 3 million passengers in its first year. The government is aiming for 5 million passengers in 2023 and 10 million in 2035.
The Airport will create over 500 permanent jobs and is expected help boost the western African country’s economy