Senegal has a developing aviation market that is supported by its strategic location as a gateway to West Africa. The country is home to one of the busiest airports in West Africa, the Dakar International Airport, which serves as a hub for several international airlines.
The aviation market in Senegal is regulated by the Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM), which is responsible for overseeing air transport operations and ensuring compliance with international standards.
The airline industry in Senegal is dominated by the national carrier, Air Senegal, which was relaunched in 2018 after the previous national airline, Senegal Airlines, ceased operations in 2016.
Air Senegal currently operates domestic and regional flights to several destinations in West Africa, including Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, and Mali, and has plans to expand its network to other parts of Africa and Europe.
In addition to Air Senegal, there are a few other airlines that operate in Senegal, including Air Cote d’Ivoire, ASKY Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines. These airlines offer international flights to destinations such as Abidjan, Lagos, and Addis Ababa, respectively.
The airport infrastructure in Senegal is also being developed to support the growing aviation market. The Dakar International Airport is undergoing a major expansion project to increase its capacity to handle more passengers and improve the quality of its facilities.
Other airports in the country, such as the Blaise Diagne International Airport and the Saint Louis Airport, are also being upgraded to improve their capabilities.
Overall, the aviation market in Senegal has significant potential for growth, particularly in the areas of regional and international connectivity, with the government is committed to developing the sector.
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Youssou Diop is a highly accomplished and experienced professional with a quarter of a century of experience in the aviation industry. Combined with his exceptional skills in operational management, strategic thinking, and sales leadership, he makes use of his extensive operational experience and strategic insights to drive revenue growth for clients. He has successfully built and led high-performing sales teams, focusing on establishing strong relationships with key clients, travel agencies, and corporate partners.
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