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Airport Overview

The International Airport of Douala was opened to traffic in 1981. It offers 12 posts of parking and can receive two Boeings 747 at the same time. It is the most important airport of the country, handling two thirds of Cameroon's air traffic. 

Location Details 

Country 

CAMEROON 

Latitude 

04° 00' 21.89" N  

Province / District 

LITTORAL REGION 

Longitude 

009° 43' 10.13" E  

Town or City (Closest) 

Douala (5 km) 

Elevation (ft. and m) 

33 ft, 10m  

Airfield Name 

Douala International Airport 

IATA and ICAO Codes 

DLA / FKKD 

Open From (hours) 

05:00      

Open To (hours) 

23:00 

For more information on airport contacts, please see the following link: 4.5 Cameroon Airport Company Contact List

Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: http://www.azfreight.com/

Managed by ADC, Douala has the size of a standard airport with an asphalted runway of 3,047 meters long. Douala airport is mainly structured as follows:

Parking: 

  • 2 presidential areas reserved
  • 11 passenger parking places of which 2 are reserved for emergency cases
  • 3 parking for freight aircrafts

Storage capacity: 39 pallets 

  • Departure cargo: 100 mt; 
  • Arrival cargo: 100 mt; 
  • Transit cargo: 100 mt 

Size cargo aircraft bulk:

  • 2 big and 2 small aircrafts can be offloaded at the same time; 

Size cargo aircraft on pallets:

  • Only 1 aircraft can be offloaded. 

Cargo Handling Equipment: 

  • Elevator: 2 high ladders of 7 and 14 mt are operational;
  • 6 ladders of 7 mt for aircraft hold. 

Airport Picture

The airport schematic can be found in this attachment.

Runways

Douala International Airport offers one tarmac runway.

Runway

Published length (meters)

3,047

Usable length (meters)


Width (meters)

45

Orientation

12/30

Surface

Asphalted – Strength : PCN59/F/C/X/U Composite

Runway

Slipway

Surface

ASPHALT

Surface

ASPHALT

True Heading

297.0

True Heading

117.0

Latitude

4.000242
04° 00' 00.87" N

Latitude

4.011867
04° 00' 42.72" N

Longitude

9.730975
009° 43' 51.51" E

Longitude

9.708044
009° 42' 28.96" E

Elevation

13.0 feet
4 meters

Elevation

33.0 feet
10 meters

Slope

0.2°

Slope

-0.2°

Landing Distance

9350 feet
2850 meters

Landing Distance

9350 feet
2850 meters

Takeoff Distance

9539 feet
2907 meters

Takeoff Distance

9512 feet
2899 meters

Overrun Length

189 feet
58 meters

Overrun Length

162 feet
49 meters

Overrun Surface

ASPHALT

Overrun Surface

ASPHALT

Lighting System

HIRL
A1

Lighting System

HIRL
PAPI

Helicopter pad(s)

There are two landing areas for helicopters, owned by a private company, Cameroon Helicopters Cooperation (CHC). Details are as follows:

  • Landing areas (H1 & H2): 18.5 x 7m each
  • Resistance: 27 T
  • Elevation (H1 & H2): 9m (30ft)
  • Parking: 61.84 x 39.20m

Airport Operating Details

Operating Details

Max size cargo aircraft that bulk cargo can be offloaded

Boeing 747 with Upper Deck

Max size cargo aircraft that can be offloaded on a pallet

Boeing 747 with Upper Deck

Total parking size (m²)

Unknown (But airport offers 12 post for aircrafts, including 2 B747 at a same time)

Storage capacity (m.tons)

Unknown

Cargo handling equipment

Yes  

If yes, specify below

Elevators


Max. capacity (tons): >15MT

Can reach the upper deck of a B.747?:  Yes

Loading ramps

Available

Cargo handling equipment Aéroports Du Cameroun (ADC).

Airport Infrastructure Details

AIRFIELD DETAILS

Customs

Yes  

JET A-1 fuel

Yes  

Immigration

Yes  

AVGAS 100

Yes  

Terminal building

Yes  

Single point refueling

Yes  

Passenger terminal

Yes  

Starter units (press air)

Yes  

Cargo terminal

Yes  

Ground power (mobile)

Yes  

Pax transport to airfield

Yes  

Crash crew

Yes  

Control tower

Yes  

Aircraft support services

Yes  

Weather facilities

Yes  

Latrine servicing

Yes  

Catering services

Yes  

Fire fighting

Yes  

Base Operating room

No

Firefighting category (ICAO)

Category: 8

Airport radar

No

Firefighting equipment

Yes  

NDB (Non Directional Beacon)

Yes

De-icing equipment

No

VOR

Yes 

IFR procedures

Yes  

ILS (Instrument Landing System)

Yes 

Runway lights

Yes  

Approach lights

Yes

Parking ramp lighting

Yes  

Note: the airport is prohibited for aircraft not equipped with bilateral radio communications.

Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicators

In 2016, passenger indicators dropped by 5.67%, mainly due to the number of flights which was reduced by Camair-CO, Air France, South African Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Turkish Airlines and ECAIR. The number of flights went from 19,526 to 18,419, representing 715,025 passengers in 2016.

In the same period, freight performance increased by 7.7%, starting with 17,993 mt in 2015 and reaching 19,379 mt in 2016.

Douala International Airport operates at 60% of its capacity and is not considered congested.

Sources:        

https://asecnaonline.asecna.aero

https://ccaa.aero/index.php/fr/statistiques-sur-le-transport-aerien

Cargo capacity

Capacity Cargo

Year(s) and figures

Total aircraft movements

18 419 (2016)

Total capacity of the airport (MT)

19,379 (2016)

Current activity of the airport (MT)

N/A

Current monthly use by Humanitarian flights (UNHAS)

Not in place

Storage Facilities

Fuel storage

  • Jet A1: 2 tanks of 720m3 each
  • Flow: 120m3/H
  • Jet A2: 1 tank truck of 5m3
  • AVGAS: available in drums at the depot

Cargo storage

The airport has warehouse facilities for cargo storage. The capacity of the warehouse is estimated at 50,000 mt annually.

Airfield Costs

Cargo Terminal Charges

Source: MAERSK April 2019

Air Field Charges:  

A fix prices are established as follow: 

  • Passenger Aircrafts: from XAF 100,000 to XAF 4,100,000 
  • Cargo Aircrafts with pallets: from XAF 750,000 to XAF 2,350,000 
  • Cargo Aircrafts without pallets: XAE from 300,000 to XAF 800,000;  (Gros Porteur IL 76/AN 124) 
  • Labour Assistance Cost per hour work: XAF 10,000; 
  • Service Equipment Cost per hour work: from XAF 80,000 to XAF 375,000 

Security

Security at the airport is rated as good and is ensured by the national police. Entrance to the embarking zone is restricted for the general public. The airport is equipped with X-ray machines and luggage is systematically checked. Access to the tarmac is also restricted.