Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Nouakchott Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
From getting the shake-down whilst in a tiny cubicle with an AK-47 toting teenager to grim toilets, any lack of catering to a complete lack of any creature comforts, I think that NKT airport is really ‘up’ there with some of the world’s worst! – a traveller
NKC Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport.
What to Expect
Replacing the former airport, the new terminal at Nouakchott Airport (code: NKC) opened in 2016, and handles several African and European routes. Travellers to the old terminal reported poor, confusing security procedures and intense questioning from airport staff, who may be looking for bribes. There are dining and shopping options, including a fast food kiosk that may be open 24 hours. As far as we can tell, WiFi currently only available in the lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but it seems that spending the night inside the terminal is not possible. Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Nouakchott Airport does not appeal to you, you will need to travel at least 30 minutes to find a hotel:
- Sunset Hotel – (30 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Nouakchott Hotel– (30 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Nouakchott Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounge listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.
- Air France Lounge – Location: Airside.
WiFi is available in the airport lounge. At the time of this update, we did not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the airport. If you know, click here to update this airport guide. WiFi/Internet 3GB SIM cards are available for purchase at the airport.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by Banque Nationale de Mauritanie and Banque Bamis. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Main Hall. Machine dispenses banknotes of new ouguiya (UM, MRU).
Currency Exchange – Banque Bamis provides currency exchange services at the airport. Location: Main Hall.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available. In addition, the airport offers a small variety of shops selling souvenirs, magazines, clothing, and more.
Food & Drink – The airport offers restaurants and coffee shops both Landside and Airside. Hours are not known; however, the airport mentions that fast food (sandwiches) is available 24 hours a day. This could mean vending machines. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport’s information desk for assistance. Location: Main hall.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Location: Main Hall.
Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards, buy stamps, send a money order, and more, at the airport’s post office. Hours: 7:30AM – 4:30PM.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide and we will update this airport guide.
Nouakchott airport is served by the following airlines: Air Algérie • Air France • Mauritania Airlines International • Royal Air Maroc • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines.
Car rental services are available at the airport. At the time of this update, no further information is available.
Air France provides a shuttle to transfer passengers from the airport to the city center. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes and the fare is 200UM (5,00€).
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. The airport taxis are generally more comfortable than the urban taxis. Prices are fixed from the airport and negotiable to the airport (do so before entering the vehicle). At the time of this update, an average ride of 35 – 55 minutes would range from 1000 – 2000 UM (or 25€ – 50€).
Last updated: 2021-10-20
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.