In March 2016, the Douala International Airport, in the economic capital of Cameroon, will be closed during the first two weeks of the month, due to refurbishment works on the aircraft parking area and the landing strip, the Quotidien Gouvernemental announced, citing the management of Société des Aéroports du Cameroon (ADC).
Because of these works, which started a few days ago, this airport will be closed from midnight to 15:00 hours, starting from 21 November until 24 November, we learned from the same source. In March, the works which cost FCfa 15 billion in total will be accelerated.
During the shut down period in March, all flights and passengers arriving in or departing from Cameroon will be operated from the Yaoundé-Nsimalen airport, located in the suburbs of the capital.
This situation will help revitalise traffic in this airport. Because, according to the airport authority, in Cameroon "43% of domestic passenger traffic and 72% of international traffic is done through the Douala airport", against respectively 37% and 27% for Yaoundé-Nsimalen.