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About West African Airlines

West African Airlines was a scheduled passenger carrier that's hub was based in Cotonou, Benin. The airline also operated cargo flights.

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West African Airlines operated both regional and international flights.

International Destinations

West African Airlines flew to destinations such as Accra, Paris, Dakar, Lagos, Conakry, Delhi, Bombay, Pointe-Noire and Lomé among others.

Baggage Information

Carry-on Baggage

It can be assumed that passengers flying with West African Airlines were entitled to 1 cabin bag per person, with measurements to fit under the seat in front.

Checked Baggage

Depending on the size of the aircraft, checked baggage may have been offered as either 15kg, 20kg or 23kg per person.

Check-In Information

Airport Check-in

Passengers flying with West African Airlines would have been able to check in for their flight at the airport prior to departure. Airport check-in generally opens 2-3 hours before the scheduled departure, therefore it would have been important that you arrived at the airport with plenty of time to avoid the queues.


West African Airlines used to operate a fleet of 2 Boeing 727s.

Hub Airport

Cadjehoun Airport

Cadjehoun Airport (COO), is an airport located in Cotonou, Benin. It's the largest airport in the country and therefore is the most popular point of entry for people arriving in Benin. The Cadjehoun Airport is also known as the Cardinal Bernadin Gantin International Airport. The airport itself was named after a Beninese cardinal called Bernadin Gantin. The airport used to be the hub for two airlines, West African Airlines and Rwandair, however, following the demise of West African Airlines, it's now the sole hub for Rwandair.