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Ivory Coast

Air Transport

In the 1980s, the Abidjan-Port Bouët International Airport, situated on the outskirts of Abidjan, was one of the most active in Africa, handling more than 1 million passengers each year. It had two runways more than 3,000 meters in length and could handle all large carriers, as could the airports at Bouaké and Yamoussoukro. There were also thirty public airports serving the major towns and approximately fifty private airfields. Air Ivoire, the state airline, also known as Ivoirian Air Transport and Liaison (Government Aérien de Transport et liaison--GATL), handled air traffic within the country and also flew to neighboring countries. Air Afrique, a multinational consortium formed by ten francophone African countries and headquartered in Abidjan, was the major carrier for international traffic serving Côte d'Ivoire. Air Afrique's major competitors were Air France and the Air Transport Union (Union des Transports Aériens--UTA), a private French-owned carrier. Other carriers from Europe and the United States also provided regular service.

Data as of November 1988