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Leon Mba in Libreville, 1st airport in Gabon
Leon Mba International Airport was named after the first President of the Republic of Gabon who governed from 1961 to 1967. Since its construction in the 1950s, Libreville airport has continued to improve and adapt its structure to welcome a multitude of airplanes. At the end of the 1960s, it adapted to very big carriers like the Boeing 747. Air navigation and landing equipment, instruments that are compliant with international specifications… everything is designed to access the airport in any local weather conditions. Thanks to its constant evolution, Libreville has become the main airport in Gabon, and the only one serving international destinations. In 2018, the number of passengers transiting through the airport reached 700,000!
13 airlines and 22 destinations served
13 airlines present scheduled flights from Libreville airport: Air France, Afrijet, Asky, Ceiba Intercontinental, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Rwandair, Transair Congo, Camair-Co, Turkish Airlines, Tropical Air and Air Côte d’Ivoire. From Libreville, 22 destinations are served, including 20 international destinations in Africa and Europe: Benin (Cotonou), Cameroon (Douala and Yaoundé), Congo (Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire), Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), Equatorial Guinea (Malabo), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa), France (Paris), Gabon (Port-Gentil and Franceville), Ivory Coast (Abidjan), Kenya (Nairobi), Mali (Bamako), Mauritania (Nouakchott), Morocco (Casablanca), Nigeria (Lagos), Rwanda (Kigali), Sao Tome and Principe (Sao Tome), South Africa (Johannesburg), Togo (Lomé), Turkey (Istanbul).
Two terminals to ensure a smooth traffic flow
Terminal 1 is the main terminal of Leon Mba airport, it allows for boarding on national and international flights. Covering 16,000 m2, it can accommodate up to 1.2 million passengers per year. The terminal has many shops and restaurants, as well as many services.
Terminal 2 is reserved for regional and national flights with Afrijet airline.
A special location
Located about fifteen minutes from the heart of the city, the airport is very easily accessible. It was built on the waterfront: all you have to do is cross the street and you will immediately find yourself at the beach. This discrepancy between modernity and nature is Gabon’s hallmark.
A renewal for Libreville airport
In recent times Leon Mba International Airport, Libreville has seen a lot of changes. In October 2018 The Government of Gabon changed the management of the airport to GSEZ-Airport, which is a PPP company with Government of Gabon, Africa Finance Corporation and Olam International as its major shareholders.
Since takeover, GSEZ-Airport has made significant amount of changes to the Infrastructure of the airport to improve, Passenger Facilities, Safety and Security. Following are some of the highlights:
A new airport planned for 2023
GSEZ Airport is thinking big for Libreville, with the construction of a new airport that meets international standards. Its goal: becoming the most efficient airport hub in Central Africa, while improving the regional and international connectivity with frequency increase, and opening new destinations.
The future airport will be the most efficient and modern in the region. It has been designed to facilitate world class transit for passengers. Hotels and other commercial infrastructure will be created around the airport as part of a larger real estate development
The future airport in a few figures:
Gsez Airport’s management is committed to achieve the highest level of safety and to comply with national and international standards. The SMS (Security Management System) defines the individual and collective responsibilities of every parties involved. QHSE management (Quality, Hygiene, Safety, Environment) allows the airport to benefit from a high-performance activity in a controlled security environment.
See the airport’s commitments by downloading the security policy statement
The health and first aid centre, which meets public health standards in Gabon, is open 24 hours a day. It is located in the main hall, to the right of the international arrivals. For more information, please call +241 062 28 84 01
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Following Order No. 022/2020/MTEIH of the Minister of Transport, Equipment, Infrastructures and Housing dated March 20, 2020, all passenger flights to and from Libreville airport are suspended since 21st March & until further notice.
Suite à l’Arrêté No. 022/2020/MTEIH du Ministre des Transports, de l’Equipement, des Infrastructures et de l’Habitat en date du 20 mars 2020, tous les vols passagers au départ et à l’arrivée de l’aéroport de Libreville sont suspendus depuis le 21 mars 2020 et jusqu’à nouvel ordre.