Toward the end of 2023, I embarked on an aerial journey through one of Africa’s vibrant air transport corridors. I unveiled key insights that define the state of connectivity in this dynamic West African region. My exploration culminates in a concise one-page dashboard, offering a snapshot of the aviation landscape.

For interactivity on this visual, use this link to filter by airport & airline and see the corresponding routes: West African Air Connectivity Report

Lagos to Accra:The Busiest Sky Highway

The route from Lagos to Accra is considered the most important route in West Africa. It has 48 weekly flights and connects two important cities in the region – Nigeria and Ghana. This route is a symbol of the strong economic and cultural ties that exist between the two countries.

Dakar (DSS): The Nexus of Connectivity 

Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) serves as the connectivity hub of the region. With direct flights to 13 destinations, it facilitates seamless travel within and beyond West Africa.

Bissau to Lomé: Sky-High Premium

If you are travelling from Bissau to Lomé, be prepared to pay a premium price for the convenience of this route. This route holds the title for the most expensive average one-way ticket in West Africa, with a cost of US$611. This high price is due to the unique dynamics of airport charges that affect the overall ticket price. Both Bissau and Lomé charge higher taxes than the average for the continent, which contributes to the high cost of the ticket at $86.

ASKY Airlines: Dominating the Skies

In the highly competitive West African airspace, with 15 active airlines present, ASKY Airlines has emerged as a dominant force. With the highest number of weekly flights, the airline commands an impressive share of approximately 28% of the total flights in the region. ASKY Airlines plays a pivotal role in shaping the air transport landscape and fostering increased connectivity within the continent.

The Unexpected: Global Hub, Regional Puzzle

Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport stands as a global hub, connecting travellers to various destinations worldwide. However, this report shines a light on a peculiar aspect—its limited direct connections within the West African region at only 6. This unexpected finding sparks curiosity and prompts a closer look at the factors influencing regional connectivity.

5th Freedom Flights 

Beyond regional carriers, notable global airlines such as Emirates, Turkish, Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines contribute to West Africa’s connectivity. These airlines operate 5th Freedom flights, further enhancing the region’s accessibility and global reach.

The aviation industry in West Africa is diverse and well-connected. Major airlines like ASKY Airlines and other well-known carriers have a strong presence in the region. The report not only presents the current state of the industry but also forecasts a promising future for air travel in West Africa. With an array of possibilities and opportunities in the skies above, the aviation sector in the region is poised for growth and development.