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N'djili Airport

N'djili Airport (IATA: FIH, ICAO: FZAA) (French: Aéroport de N'djili pronounced [a.e.ʁɔ.pɔʁ də n‿dʒi.li]), also known as N'Djili International Airport and Kinshasa International Airport, serves the city of Kinshasa and is the largest of the four international airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is named after the nearby Ndjili River.

N'djili Airport
N'djili Airport.

N'djili Airport
Aéroport de N'djili
Airport type Public
Location Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hub for Congo Airways
Elevation AMSL 313 m / 1,027 ft
Coordinates 04°23′08.7″S
Website Official website

Location of Airport in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 4,700 15,420 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 773,338


N'djili Airport
N'djili Airport.

Terminal building

N'djili Airport
N'djili Airport.

Departures area

N'djili Airport
N'djili Airport.

Gate area

In 1998, N'Djili airport was the site of one of the decisive battles of the Second Congo War. Rebel forces advancing on Kinshasa infiltrated the airport perimeter but were repulsed by Zimbabwean troops and aircraft arriving to support the government of Laurent Kabila.

In June 2015, a new international terminal was opened which can service one million passengers per year. Some computerized upgrades to the arrivals terminal have been implemented in recent years, although corruption remains a problem.

N'djili Airport
N'djili Airport.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Libreville
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Kasaï Gemena, Kananga, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi
ASKY Airlines Brazzaville, Libreville, Lomé
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Camair-co Brazzaville, Douala
Congo Airways Douala, Goma, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kananga, Kindu, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi, Moanda
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Rwandair Kigali, Libreville
South African Airways Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
Turkish Airlines Istanbul, Libreville

N'djili Airport
N'djili Airport.


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Luxembourg
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk, Nairobi

N'djili Airport
N'djili Airport.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 18 August 1968, Douglas DC-3D 9Q-CUM of Air Congo was destroyed by fire.
  • On 28 August 1984, Vickers Viscount 9Q-CPD of Zaire Aero Service crashed after takeoff.
  • On 15 April 1997, a Douglas DC-3 was hijacked at N'djili Airport. There were six to eight hijackers.
  • On 26 July 2002, in the 2002 Africa One Antonov An-26 crash, 9Q-CMC was written off without fatalities
  • On 4 October 2007, Antonov An-26 9Q-COS of Africa One Congo crashed shortly after take-off from N'djili Airport, killing at least 51 people and injuring a further 30.
  • On 2 January 2010, Boeing 727-231F 9Q-CAA of Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation was substantially damaged when it departed the side of the runway.
  • On 21 June 2010, Hewa Bora Airways Flight 601, operated by McDonnell Douglas MD-82 9Q-COQ burst a tyre on take-off. Hydraulic systems and port engine were damaged and the nose gear did not lower when the aircraft returned to N'djili. All 110 people on board escaped uninjured. The airline blamed the state of the runway for the accident, but investigators found no fault with the runway.
  • On 4 April 2011, a Canadair CRJ-100ER 4L-GAE of Georgian Airways operating under an UN mission as flight 834 from Bangoka International Airport, Kisangani to Kinshasa missed the runway on landing at Kinshasa. The aircraft subsequently broke into pieces and caught fire. Only one survivor was reported out of 29 passengers and 4 crew. The airport was experiencing torrential rain, thunderstorms and low visibility at the time.
  • On 20 December 2018 a Gomair An-26 registration 9S-AGB crashed 19 nautical miles short of Kinshasa with 7 or 8 people on board. The aircraft was found more than 24 hours later by a local. The aircraft was carrying election materials on behalf of the Central Electoral National Independent Commission (CENI).

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