The greenfield Blaise Diagne International Airport in Senegal, located 45 km east of the capital, Dakar, is due to open on 7 December. The existing airport serving Dakar, Léopold Sédar Senghor International, will cease operations.
Blaise Diagne International is being operated in a 25-year public-private partnership (PPP) concession by a Turkish consortium comprising Limak and Summa, but this is a relatively recent development. Fraport was originally awarded the concession contract in 2007 via its subsidiary Daport, with the intention of opening the new airport in 2011, but it pulled out in 2015, citing Senegalese government taxation policies. With 70% of the airport built by Saudi Binladin Group, Limak and Summa were awarded a new concession in April 2016.