Madagascar Airports

Key airport information may also be found at:

Madagascar aviation sector is under the supervision Transport Ministry and under the regulatory authority of the ACM (Aviation Civile de Madagascar).


Madagascar is part of the ASECNA (Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar) which is giving support for the air security and navigation.

Madagascar has a large airports network with 126 airports divided in 3 categories:

-       56 open public airports (under the supervision of ADEMA or Ravinala Airports)

-       27 public restricted airports (under the supervision of privates companies or local administrations)

-       43 Private airports

 Out of these 56 open public airports, only 10 are served by daily flights and 24 are able to provide AFIS (Airport Flight Information Service).

-       6 provide international and domestic flights with AFIS support (Antananarivo, Nosy be, Mahajanga, Antsiranana, Toamasina and Sainte Marie)

-       4 provide only domestic flights with AFIS support (Sambava, Tolagnaro, Morondava, Toliara)

-       14 are considered as secondary and provide AFIS support even if there are no regular flights (Vohemar, Antalaha, Antsohihy, Maroantstra, Manananara, Ambatondrazaka, Maintirano, Tsiroanomandidy, Antsirabe, Morombe, Fianarantsoa, Mananjary, Manakara, Farafangana, Morombe)

-       32 are secondary without AFIS support

The regulatory authority for civil aviation is ACM (Aviation Civil de Madagascar)

International flights

Being an island, Madagascar communicates with the outside mainly by air and sea. Several, Malagasy and foreign airlines ensure a regular service of the country at regional and international level.

The national airline Air Madagascar occupied for several years a monopoly status in the Malagasy air transport until the opening of the sector.

Since then, it shares the international air transport market with other foreign airlines with regular flights to Paris, Marseille, Zurich, Frankfurt, Munich, Rome, Bangkok and Guangzhou in China. For the regional destination, Madagascar is connected with to South Africa, Kenya, Mayotte, Moroni, Mauritius and Reunion.

The companies providing international/regional flights are:

Non Commercial Operators

After a disaster (cyclones and/or floods) vast areas are cut-off and not accessible anymore by normal means.

Planes and helicopters are then needed for :

The East Coast is regularly hit by cyclones and in that area 50% of villages might be cut off.

Experience has shown that small planes of 8-9 seats capacity are often requested for assessment missions, as well as helicopters when landing is needed in areas with no airstrip.

Apart from commercial air operators (listed above), two operators are NGOs and therefore not appearing on the ACM list :

When vast areas are flooded, deliveries of humanitarian aid has to be done by boat, but hovercrafts might be an option too :

Fuel Services

 TOTAL Aviation is the only supplier of Jet-A1 and Avgas in Madagascar. They have depots and can provide fuel in 13 airports in Madagascar.

 In case of air operation far from their stock, Total cannot pre-position sealed drums of Jet-A1 and provide a manual pump as written in the previous LCA for new procedure implementation reason. 

For more information on fuel services, please see the following attachments: Aviation refuelling location and contacts

Procedures for Foreign Registered Aircraft

When an aircraft is hired abroad, a Landing Permit has to be requested to ACM.


Documents to be given to ACM:

Request has to be done on paper to the ACM and to the General Direction of Customs specifying:

- Registration of origin;

- Manufacturer, type and serial number of the device;

- Owner of the device;

- Identity of the Operation and contract of exploitation is not the owner

- Type of activity envisaged;

- Duration of admission;

- Estimated arrival date

- Compliance with RAM 4000;

- Navigating Personnel Information and copies of licenses and qualifications. (in case of Temporary Admission);

The application (owner or his representative) may request a temporary or permanent admission, depending on the duration of use of the device in Madagascar.

Immigration formalities

Can be done upon arrival, at Ivato airport. ACM will normally exempt UN of any taxes for emergency operation (request letter to ACM).

For more information on government agency contact information, please see the following links: 

 4.1 Madagascar Government Contact List