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Ouagadougou Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Ouagadougou 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.

2 large air conditioning machines spewing cold air which most people stayed away from sitting near. I chose to sit close to them with a thick jacket on as there were mosquitos everywhere. – a traveller

OUA Airport Overview

ouagadougou airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Ouagadougou Airport.

What to Expect

Ouagadougou Airport (code: OUA) has a small, crowded, outdated terminal that offers flights to regional destinations. A new airport farther afield has been under construction for years, intended to replace this one, but lack of finances seem to delay its completion.

Travellers have long complained about terrible security processes, frequent flight delays, poor customer service, and nothing to help occupy waiting time. We are unable to confirm whether eateries or shops are available. WiFi is available inside an airport lounge, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. 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.  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.

Covid-19 Update

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.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Ouagadougou Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel Kavana – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport transfers.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel Palm Beach – (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers.  » Check Rates
  • Sopatel Silmande Ouagadougou– (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Ouagadougou Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Ouagadougou Airport throughout the terminal.   A reader tells us the time limit is 2 hours.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available at the airport.

Children’s Play Areas – Not available.

Information Desk – Not available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not 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.

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.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport is open 24 hours, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation.  If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Ouagadougou airport is served by the following airlines: Air Algérie • Air Burkina • Air Côte d’Ivoire • Air France • Air Senegal • ASKY Airlines • Brussels AirlinesEmirates • Ethiopian Air • Royal Air Maroc • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines.


Car Rentals

National offers car rental services onsite.


Minibus shuttles set up by hotels run between the airport and the city center as well as towards Bobo-Dioulasso. If you are staying at a hotel, ask your hotel if there is a shuttle available. Otherwise, for more information visit the Ouagadougou Airport website.


Taxis are available for each scheduled flight arrival or departure at Ouagadougou airport. Taxis are green and do not have a meter. The fare must be negotiated according to the time and the destination; however, a fare cannot exceed 5000FCFA (7,5 €).

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.