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N'djamena Airport Review

by web-administrator (March, 2016)


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(Guest Review) This is a fairly typical airport in a developing country in sub-Saharan Africa. There are none of the shops or restaurants that you see at airports in developed countries, and no wifi, and restroom facilities are very poor - I always make sure I use the restroom before I leave home, so I won't have to use it at the airport. But having lived in Chad for several years, I know what to expect and am not surprised (after all, we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!). And actually, improvements have been made to the airport within the past year or two, so actually it is better than it was. At least, the terminal looks nicer and less run-down. At least, since it is a typically small African airport, you really can't get lost!

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N'djamena Airport Review

by web-administrator (March, 2015)


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(Guest Review) There is no terminal and no facilities. It looks like the old building may have been torn down or bombed. There may be construction going on but it is hard to tell. Immigration consisted of a pushing and shoving crowd trying to connect with an immigration officer using a laptop on top of crates. Departure was even more amazing, Again, one enters the wreckage of a building with no signs or directions. Checkin is handled but contractors rather than airline staff. I could not check luggage through because their system has only a few airports listed. Next, passengers have to roam around the small and dimly lit room trying to figure out who does what - immigration? security? customs departure clearance. I was early for my flight and made my way to the departure lounge - an open air clearing in the rubble with broken chairs, no toilets, no water. A kind customs officer took me down to the staff latrine after the other staff told upassengers repeatedly 'no toilets'. Weird experience! Nice people in Chad, just a terrible airport.

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N'djamena Airport Review

by web-administrator (May, 2015)


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(Guest Review) To be fair, it's under construction. Long queue at security check (only one scanner) arriving and departing. Security staff might have you empty out your handbag, but they will never give the scanner as much as a glance. My forgotten pocket knife in the cabin luggage went undetected. It's severely overstaffed, but as each of them takes their time to prove their importance, it slows things down to no end. Bring food, bring water and go to the restroom before.

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Untitled3632

by web-administrator (January, 2005)


(Contributed by M. Davy) - "The hard plastic bucket seats precluded any attempts to sleep in this airport. The one toilet that did work was filthy from people washing their feet in the toilet bowl. There were also muddy foot prints on the toilet seat from patrons who apparently prefer the squat type system. Aside from the muddy tracks all around the departure lounge (from the foot washing guys) there was also garbage strewn all over the place. For some unknown reason, there were no lights working in the restaurant so consequently only the few tables with candles had any type of light. Throw in the surly and almost hostile staff working there and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect at this airport. " Added 16 March 2005

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Untitled3631

by web-administrator (September, 1998)


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(Contributed by ?) - "After a hard two weeks fishing in Lake CHAD I was looking forward to the airport and the promise of home.The airport is a long walk from the city and I left about midday to allow plenty of time for flight 2 or 3am the following day.I had used up the last of my CFA so thoughtI could just sit tight and await my plane.How wrong was I!The airport staff were very nosey and wanted souveniers.They engaged me in conversation and wouldnt leave me alone.I gave my treasured LP away to a guard who wanted to learn ENGLISH.The bucket seats were uncomfortable and there were as many faux guides,bogus whatevers hanging around as on arrival.On arrival someone tried to make off with my passport as I emptied the contents of my rucksack for customs inspection.A crowd had then gathered round to check out my belongings then.I wasnt fussed about this on departure because all valuables that I had were now exhausted.On the wall I noticed a picture commemorating an issue of Chadian stamps.I was suprised to see that the stamps depicted The Beatles.Apart from this there were no other pictures and the shop never opened.During my conversations with the security I asked why it was that security in the airport was so awful.With a shrug of the shoulders it was simply stated that the country couldnt afford to implement the necc equipment, staff etc.I finally boarded my plane after about eleven hours and its funny but I now look back upon the experience with warmth." Added 05 Feb 06

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