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Location & Based Airlines
Location – 16 km (9 miles) southeast of the city of Abidjan
Based Airlines – Air Cote d’Ivoire
Port Bouet Airport (IATA: ABJ, ICAO: DIAP), also known as Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport, is located 10 miles (16 kilometres) south east of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. It is the largest airport in the country for air traffic. The airport is the main hub of the national airline Air Côte d’Ivoire.
The airport is managed by Aeria, a private Ivorian company, who continually developed the airport over the decades and contributing to making it one of the most modern and one of the main hubs of West Africa.
Disturbances that took place in Côte d’Ivoire in the early 2000s had a negative impact on the airport. It is a strategic infrastructure for both the evacuation of foreign nationals and the delivery of military equipment. In November 2004, during the French–Ivorian clashes that occurred in Abidjan, the airport was looted and damaged. It was taken back by French troops and returned to the Ivorian government in the second half of November. The airport was later refurbished by the Ivorian government and modernized with new modern facilities.
On the night of the 2nd to 3rd of April 2011, the airport was again taken by the French troops in order to evacuate French nationals and foreigners, as the final assault against the presidential palace was announced, during the battle for Abidjan. After the civil war ended in April 2011, the airport was returned to the Ivorian government and development projects, paused for almost a decade, were restarted.