The Guinea-Conakry roadmap for the future

The main gateway to Guinea-Conakry, Ahmed Sékou Touré International Airport is undergoing major expansion and modernization work to increase its capacity to 3 million passengers per year.

Namory Camar

Namory Camara. Picture: SOGEAC

Even though 35% of passenger traffic (600,000 in 2022) comes from Europe, the Asian/Chinese market is growing rapidly. This ambitious project is part of the national development plan, in particular the $20 billion mining project. Hence the good health of business aviation, which represents 40% of its passenger traffic.

The current site will remain operational during the work. The first phase, valued at $27 million will be delivered at the end of September 2023.

The airport has chosen a public-private partnership for theexpansion project. This pattern is increasingly common in West Africa.

“Airports should be run like a business. We need key developers who are open to foreign investors. But we have to monitor and maintain a balance on the concessions for a win-win situation,” said general manager Namory Camara.

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha is a francophone editor for African and Arabian Aerospace magazines.