Air Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast’s newly-launched national airline, has achieved a turnover of 28 billion FCFA (about 42 million euros) in 2013 after only one year of existence, the country’s transport ministry said last week.
The ministry also said the company has transported 215 000 passengers at the end of November 2013, including 26 000 in November alone, with an occupancy rate of 74 % in November.
At least 68% of Air Côte d’Ivoire’s traffic takes place in West Africa and 32% in Central Africa, the company said, adding that it plans to consolidate its 19 routes in sub-Saharan Francophone Africa before launching a direct line towards France.
The company operates from Abidjan’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport, which hosts about one million passengers annually.
However, the transport ministry said it was planning to renovate and ‘modernise’ at six regional airports, namely Yamoussoukro, San Pedro, Bouaké, Korhogo, Man and Odienné, in order to increase the country’s air traffic.
Photo: An Air Cote d’Ivoire plane ready to take off from Abidjan airport. Credit: World AirLine News