DOUALA, Littoral–A DHL cargo jet landed at Douala International Airport today and more flights were on the way after authorities reopened the facility, which closed for 21 days for works on its two runways.
More work is still going on at the “main gateway to Cameroon” but airlines have notified passengers of the reopening, which the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) confirmed.
South African Airlines (SAA) said it was sticking to its usual schedule.
“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused during the closure of the Douala airport and would like to assure them that our operations are now back as per the previous Douala schedule,” SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali said.
Cameroon airports are under pressure to upgrade to international minimum standards. Works have been going on at the airport for many months, mainly at the gates.
Yaounde received more than twice its usual traffic while Douala stayed close. Additional hands came in from Douala to deal with more than 20 flights per day, up from 10 or less.