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Air Djibouti, also known as Red Sea Airlines (not to be confused with Egypt's Red Sea Airlines), is the flag carrier of Djibouti. Djibouti Airlines was first launched in 1963 but ceased operations in 2002. In 2015, Air Djibouti relaunched itself, at first only serving cargo. Since 2016 it has served passengers as well. The airline's headquarters are in the country's capital, Djibouti city.

Since the relaunch, Air Djibouti has been chaired by Aboubkar Omar Hadi and its CEO has been Mario Fulgoni. The company was supported by Cardiff Aviation, a UK-based company in South Wales. In late 2015 Air Djibouti relaunched service with a Boeing 737 freighter aircraft. The government wishes to establish the country as a regional logistics and commercial hub for trade in East Africa. The relaunch of Air Djibouti occurred as part of this plan. In November 2017, Air Djibouti's contract with Cardiff Aviation ended. Ethiopian Airlines has expressed interest in a possible partnership.

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Baggage Policy

Air Djibouti has a different baggage policy for carry and checked baggage. Which cabin class you're flying will impact your baggage requirements. Regulations may vary slightly depending on equipment of the aircraft and government restrictions at the destination you intend to fly to.

Carry-on Baggage

• Economy class: 1 item up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55 x 25 x 35 cms.

• Executive class: 1 item up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55 x 25 x 35 cms plus an additional smaller item which does not exceed 8kgs.

NOTE: there may be some flexibility, depending on the equipment of the aircraft and/or the restrictions imposed by governmental regulation.

Checked Baggage

• Economy class: 1 item up to 23kg and the dimensions cannot exceed 158 cms (height + length + width).

• Executive class: up to 2 pieces, each one not weighing more than 32kgs and the dimensions cannot exceed 158 cms (height + length + width).

Cabin Classes

Air Djibouti offers the option of an Economy class or Business class.

Economy Class

Air Djibouti offer Economy Class. On-board an economy class flight, the cabin crew will be available throughout the flight. Air Djibouti flights offer a high-quality snack or meal that will be served along with a selection of drinks and hot beverages.

Business Class

Air Djibouti provides Business Class onboard their flights. A choice of plated meals or snacks will be offered, served on bone china, by the dedicated Business Class crew.

Business passengers can make the most of premium lounges. This includes a complimentary hot meal/beverage, wi-fi, and a quiet and relaxed environment.

What is Business Class seating like?

On board a Business Class flight there is a separate cabin, with comfortable reclining seats, and no middle seat.


Air Djibouti currently does not have the option for Online or Mobile check-in. Airport check-in is the only available option and the airport recommends checking in no later than 1-hour before departure.

Airport Check-in

Check-in times vary at each airport so it's advised that passengers check beforehand so as to avoid missing the scheduled departure. As a guide, Air Djibouti recommends checking in no later than 1 hour before the scheduled departure of the flight.

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Destinations that Air Djibouti flies to

As of February 2021, Air Djibouti offers flights to a total of 13 destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East including France, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and more. The Air Djibouti flight details are below:

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Djibouti Airport

Air Djibouti is based at Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport, which is both a military and civilian airport and was opened in 1948. The airport is located approximately 6 kilometres from the city centre of Djibouti and is situated in the town of Ambouli. The airport includes a V.I.P terminal for prime ministers and presidents. Originally modest-sized, the facility grew in the post-independence period after numerous successive renovation projects.

Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport has a single terminal building, with one departure gate. As the airport is located south of Djibouti City and its runways run east and west, an airliner's landing approach is usually directly over the conurbation of the capital, when the wind is from the west.


Air Djibouti currently has 2 aircraft in service. 2 Embraer ERJ-145 passenger crafts.

Air Djibouti started regional services with the Boeing 737-400 on 16 August 2016 and planned to introduce two new aircraft before the end of 2016.

Frequently asked questions

Who owns Air Djibouti?

Air Djibouti is owned by the Government of Djibouti. The Chief Executive Officer is Mr Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi.

When can I check-in?

When flying with Air Djibouti, check-in times vary depending on the airport you're flying from. Air Djibouti recommends checking in no later than 1 hour prior to the departure of your scheduled flight.