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Senou Airport

Coordinates: 12°32′16″N 007°56′35″W / 12.53778°N 7.94306°W / 12.53778; -7.94306

Bamako Senou International Airport
Aéroport international de Bamako-Sénou
Airport type Joint (Public/Military)
Operator Aéroports du Mali (ADM)
Location Bamako, Mali
Elevation AMSL 1,247 ft / 380 m
Coordinates 12°32′16″N 007°56′35″W / 12.53778°N 7.94306°W / 12.53778; -7.94306
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 8,879* 2,706* Asphalt
*planned runway length extension to 10,444 ft. / 3,180 m complete by 9/3/2010 as part of Mali MCC.

"BKO" redirects here. For other uses, see BKO (disambiguation).

Bamako Senou International Airport (IATA: BKO, ICAO: GABS) is Mali's main airport in Bamako, the capital of Mali in West Africa.


Senou Airport is located approximately 15 km south of downtown Bamako within the limits of the District of Bamako. It was opened to traffic in 1974.


Bamako Senou International Airport is managed by Aéroports du Mali (ADM). Its operations are overseen by the Malian Ministry of Equipment and Transports.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Ouagadougou, Tripoli
Aigle Azur Paris-Orly
Air Algérie Algiers
Air Burkina Dakar, Ouagadougou
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Ivoire Abidjan
Air Mali Abidjan, Accra, Barcelona, Brazzaville, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, Kayes, Libreville, Lome, Luanda, Madrid, Mupti, Niamey, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Paris-Orly, Pointe-Noire, Timbuktu
Air Méditerranée Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Benin Golf Air Abidjan, Brazzaville, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar
Ethiopian Airlines Abidjan, Addis-Ababa, Dakar, N'djamena
Ethiopian operated by ASKY Airlines Dakar, Lomé
Interair South Africa Brazzaville, Cotonou, Johannesburg
Kenya Airways Dakar, Nairobi
Mauritania Airways Brazzaville, Cotonou
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Spanair Barcelona (begins December 2010}
Tunisair Abidjan, Tunis

Accidents and incidents

  • On 24 July 1971, Douglas C-47A 6V-AAP of Air Ivoire crashed into a hill shortly after take-off. The aircraft was operating a scheduled passenger flight. All six people on board were killed.

Traffic and statistics

Passenger traffic steadily increased in the early 2000s. Government figures show 403,380 passengers in 1999, 423,506 in 2003, 486,526 in 2004, and 516,000 in 2005. It is predicted to reach over 900,000 by 2015 under a low (4%) yearly growth rate scenario.

To date this growth rate has been surpassed. Total air traffic at BKO increased by 12.4% in 2007 and 14% in 2008. Most of this increase came in passenger transport, with the number of passengers served increasing by 20% in 2007 and 17% in 2008. Twenty-seven airline carriers operated weekly or better at BKO in the 2007-2008 period. This continued growth was offset by cargo flights' decline of 16.75% in 2007, and 3.93% in 2008.

The highest frequency route is on the Bamako-Dakar sector with 29 weekly non-stop connections. Domestic flights also serve Mali's regional capitals Kayes, Mopti, Timbuktu, Sikasso, Gao, and Kidal.

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General Info
Country Mali
Time UTC 0
Latitude 12.533544
12° 32' 00.76" N
Longitude -7.949944
007° 56' 59.80" W
Elevation 1247 feet
380 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 005° W (01/06)
Alternate Name BAMAKO
Near City Bamako
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.3
ACC 119.1
A/G 6673

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
06/24 8879 x 148 feet
2706 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME BKO BAMAKO/SENOU 084X 113.7 1.4 NM 242.8
NDB BM BAMAKO/SENOU - 301 1.3 NM 062.9

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

Unknown fuel type or whether there is any fuel.

FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
LGT PAPI Rwy 24 GS 2.96 .

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