N'Djamena International Airport is an international airport serving the city of N'Djamena, the capital city of Chad. The airport is a dual-use airport functioning both as a public airport and a military hub owned and operated by the Government of Chad. It is the country's sole international airport, and is the hub for Toumai Air Tchad, the national flag carrier of Chad. It is located near the border of Chad and Cameroon, some 3.7 kilometers from the N'Djamena central business district.
Since 1986, the airport has been co-existent with a French Military base when Operation Epervier started. In 2006, Epervier is composed of a thousand men and a handful of aircraft, along with the small Chadian Air Force.
Today the airport stands as the sole international airport serving the country with airlines such as Air Cote d'Ivoire, Air France, ASKY Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, and many othersoffering passenger service from the airport. Cargo airlines like Air France Cargo and Cargolux also serve the airport. Currently, the airport has a single asphalt runway measuring 9,186 feet and one terminal building in service.
What to see & do
Chari and Logone Rivers – historically the passageway from Cameroon to Chad and vice versa, the rivers have been the silent witnesses to the struggles of the two countries that are almost entwined. Go river crossing here, and enjoy the high sunset when the day ends.
Chad National Museum – the Chad National Museum is the country's holder of history. The museum contains many artifacts from its history although some pieces were lost during the last civil war.
Shopping and local markets – even if only grabbing a few things to snack on or on a roll to find the best souvenir, markets are scattered throughout the city. The locals let travelers experience the everyday life and culture of Chad, and also helps the country's poor economy.
How to get around within N'Djamena
Because of severe poverty and lack of government intervention, the city's transportation system is underdeveloped. Tourists and travelers will have a hard time going around since there are no decent public transportation in the city and to most destinations outside of N'Djamena. If planning on going on a stroll or even to visit the points of interests within or around the city, it is best to go by foot, although do be careful of pickpockets or overly enthusiastic locals who tend to gape and ask questions just to ask for souvenirs or other items. Be kind and polite, but be vigilant. Pack light, and bring potable water when traveling. If lucky enough, travelers may get a rental car, but the cost will surely be hefty.
How to get there
Previously, the main entry to the city and the country is through the Chari and Logone rivers, but today it is seldom done. The city has no railway links, which leaves travelers with one only option – to fly in through the N'Djamena International Airport. The N'Djamena International Airport is relatively near the city center of N'Djamena, so no hassle here – although it will be hard to dodge the locals who take advantage of first-time travelers. Do not let the pseudo-guides or barkers touch your belongings or they might make you pay at least 20 dollars for carrying your bags even if you didn't ask for it. Also, everything is manually done here: from luggage checks, to checking in to the flights, up to other minor pre- and post-flight checks. Pack some patience, and be vigilant since in February 2008, the city was entered by rebel troops which were caused by a series of rebellions and revolts. Always monitor the news, and check the cheapest flights when flying in to the destination using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an updated resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.
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