The tiny African nation of Djibouti measures 23,200 square kilometers and is home to about 800,000 people, but within a few years – and a little help from the Chinese – it expects to have two brand-new airport hubs large enough to handle 100,000 tonnes of cargo and 2 million passengers annually.
Located in the Horn of Africa, where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden, Djibouti is vying for a piece of the lucrative long-haul international air traffic that has been increasing across East Africa and the Middle East in the last decade. At a dedication ceremony this week in the town of Ali-Sabieh, the nation’s President, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, kicked off construction of the first of the two hubs, located about 25 kilometers south of the capital, Djibouti City.
The proposed airport, to be called Hassan Gouled Aptidon International Airport, after Djibouti’s first president, is expected to open in 2018. It will be capable of catering for 1.5 million passengers and will have runways long enough for the Airbus 380. The second airport, to be named Ahmed Dini Ahmed International Airport, after one of the nation’s former prime ministers, is expected to open in 2016, to the north […]