Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport (French: Aéroport International Léopold Sédar Senghor) (IATA: DKR, ICAO: GOOY) is an international airport serving Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The airport is situated near the town of Yoff, north of Dakar. It was known as Dakar Yoff International Airport (French: Aéroport International de Dakar Yoff) until 9 October 1996,when it was renamed in honor of Leopold Sedar Senghor, the first president of Senegal. During World War II, Dakar Airport was a key link in the United States Army Air Force Air Transport Command Natal-Dakar air route, which provided a transoceanic link between Brazil and French West Africa after 1942. Massive amounts of cargo were stored at Dakar, which were then transported along the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. From Dakar, flights were made to Dakhla Airport, near Villa Cisneros in French North Africa or to Atar Airport, depending on the load on the air route. In addition to being the western terminus of the North African route, Dakar was the northern terminus for the South African route, which transported personnel to Pretoria, South Africa, with numerous stopovers at Robertsfield (now Roberts International Airport), Liberia, the Belgian Congo and Northern Rhodesia. The airport was a Space Shuttle landing site until it was determined that a dip in the runway could damage the shuttle upon landing. It used to be one of the five main hubs of the now defunct multi-national airline, Air Afrique. Delta Air Lines started service on December 4, 2006 between Atlanta USA and Johannesburg, South Africa. with an intermediate stop in Dakar (Atlanta-Johannesburg route now served nonstop). It currently serves Dakar nonstop to New York-JFK USA. Delta will begin service between Atlanta and Luanda, Angola on January 20, 2011 with an intermediate stop in Dakar; the airline will once again regain the nonstop from Dakar to Atlanta since Delta ended the route in 2009.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Bamako, Tripoli
Air Algérie Algiers
Air Burkina Bamako, Ouagadougou
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Ivoire Abidjan, Cotonou
Air Mali Bamako
Air Nigeria Abidjan, Accra, Banjul, Cotonou, Lagos
Arik Air Banjul, Freetown, Lagos
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Camairco Douala
Corsairfly Paris-Orly
Delta Air Lines New York-JFK
Emirates Dubai
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Bamako
Ethiopian operated by ASKY Airlines Abidjan, Bamako, Banjul, Lomé, Ouagadougou
Iberia Airlines Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Madrid
Kenya Airways Abidjan, Bamako, Nairobi
Mauritania Airlines International Nouakchott
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Sénégal Airlines Abidjan, Bamako, Banjul, Bissau, Conakry, Niamey, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou
South African Airways Johannesburg, Washington-Dulles
TACV Banjul, Bissau, Freetown, Praia
TAP Portugal Lisbon
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
XL Airways France Paris-Orly

Cargo  Airlines

Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo
Emirates SkyCargo Campinas, Dubai, Frankfurt
Lufthansa Cargo Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Frankfurt, Guadalajara
ULS Airlines Cargo
World Airways

Charter Airlines

Airlines Destinations
Air Méditerranée Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse
Luxair Luxembourg

Hospitality is given such importance in Senegalese culture that it is widely considered to be part of the national identity. The Wolof word for hospitality is “teranga”, and it is so identified with the pride of Senegal that the national football team is known as the Lions of Teranga.

This is Dakar Airport Unofficial Website
Dakar Interational Airport Official Site (French)