A lot has changed in West Africa since the demise of
Swissair, Sabena and AirAfrique .
New companies are coming and going, for the time being it is very
difficult to keep this page updated.
Also it is no longer possible to fly via Togo with
KLM. Aeroflot, in earlier times the biggest company
with most of destinations over the the world, which today serves
neither Bénin nor Togo.
Cotonou is currently being served from Europe by :
(ca. 700* - 1'500 EUR, updated 23.08.2009),
5 times weekly, Mo, Tu, We, Fr & So, (since 2009 again 5 times) with
connections in Paris to many European cities. The tickets are now
sold to the same price for a validity of up to 12 months, but there
is no right, even not with an addional fee, to modify or cancel
Only from CDG, a modification, annulation is possible for 200 Euros
Attention, there is no flight at Thursday, this is a technical
flight to Lomé, it stops at Cotonou, but only for the
personnel of AirFrance!
Please note : A new luggage system has been introduced since
1st of November 2005, 2 pieces of each 23 kg (or 32kg in
Business Class) are allowed.
Each of the two pieces may have a weight up to 32 kg (Economic),
then a supplementary fee of 50 EUR is applicable for each of them.
Additionally Notebook and Hand luggage up to 12 kg.
An additional tax has to be paid for a third piece of luggage up to
23/32 kg of 125 EUR for 23 and 175 EUR for 32kg.
*) Flight rates down to 850 EUR (600 EUR for 2007) may be found
in the internet, but they are sometimes very well hidden. Try to
make a flight reservation 15 to 30 days in advance and a stay
from one weekend to 30 days!
Since beginning of 2009 the price rates for flights between
Switzerland, France and Italy to Cotonou in Bénin are sold at
very small differences of prices.
I have tested the rates for the same date for different starting
The result is very surprising, test it for yourself.
Please let me know, if you find differences :
Tips for travellers from Switzerland, Germany or France : Check carefully and make several requests, it is really worthwhile.
There are now only small differences of a few Euros from the
cheapest to the most expensive flight. There is only a difference
of about additional 30 Euros for the fligth back at friday.
Ghana International Airlines,
ex Ghana Airways.
The new airline serves only one times weekly from London to
Accra (no flights from Düsseldorf anymore).
Afrique Airlines (afriqueairlines.net), previously known as Air Togo (airtogo.net) / Air Togo (DE) stopped flying since mid March 2005 !
The service and the behaviour towards the clients was beyond
description ! Not to be recommended at all. The flights have been served
by "Eagle Aviation" (http://www.eagle-aviation.net).
(ca. 350 - 850 EUR),
3 times per week (Mo, Th & Fr) from Paris, Bruxelles, and
Düsseldorf to Cotonou (via Niamey or Douala) and to Lomé,
with change in Tripolis. No fligths to and from Geneva anymore!
The flights arrive in the middle of
the night and have usually a delay of 2 to 3 hours.
Prices and reservations by Internet are not accessible.
(Standard error-message for searching flights to COO :
"Sorry, the site is temporarily closed, please retry later.") The seats in the airplanes (A320) are very close together, the service
is not yet up to 100%. Instead of orangejuce a Fanta will be served or
even pure water...
Advantage, you can bring luggage up to 40 kg for free,
but it has to be noted on the ticket!, otherwise 9 EUR per kg!)
(In the meantime AF offres even more, 2 x 23 kg of luggage)
Here you can check the timetable (!) :
Timetable Afriqiyah (don't worry, be happy ;-] )
Nouvelles Frontières offers from time to time economic flights from
Basel - Mulhouse and from Paris to Cotonou and Lomé.
Their website displays flights to Togo only !
Better information than in the web is available by telephone in
the office at Mulhouse (F).
Point Afrique, (ca. 750 - 800 EUR,
The company does not fly itself, and does not have a service all
You can bring up to 40 (to go) and 30 kg (return) of luggage!
40 kg for return has to be paid.
(since 2.11.2005, ca. 350 - 850 EUR)
offers flights from Europe
(Frankfurt, Geneva, Lille, Lyon, Paris and others, not Basle)
to Cotonou via Casablanca five times a week (Mo, Tu, We, Th, Sa).
The flights are now noted in the Internet, but there is no online
reservation, nor is a pricelist available.
A timetable in *.pdf is available :
Example of price for Royal Air Maroc [RAM]:
Paris (CDG) <==> Cotonou (COO), => 25.09.2008 - 24.10.2008, 874 EUR (1398 CHF), Request @ 08.09.2008
(460 EUR, 299'000FCFA TTC).
A new company appearing on the sky recently, we have no
experience up to now.
It is not sure whether the company is flying itself or
has a service all the year.
Check if its not something similar to
• Afrique Airlines
• Air Togo above.
, (ca. 900 EUR).
Since a short time there is a new star on the flight heaven,
the prices are only very cheap with a flight from Bruxelles.
Fro transfer flights from other European cities are extremely
additional fares to pay. See the example for a flight from
Basel-Mulhouse. Check also some additional fees.
Example of price for Brussels Airlines [SN]:
Basel-Mulhouse (MLH) <==> Cotonou (COO), => 17.09.2010 - 17.10.2010, 871 EUR (1169 CHF), Request @ 17.08.2010
- We do not recommend flights with a change of airplane in Lagos
(Nigeria) for newcomers in Africa.
- There are a lot of inner - African flights, specially from and
to countries of West Africa.
- There are no flights inside of Bénin, the only other airport
is in Parakou (for small aircraft only).
- There are different sites which take requests for cheap flights, but
I didn't find any cheaper flights than described above!
- For economic tickets and good advice ask at
Globetrotter Travel Service or via mail in Zürich
at "firstname.lastname@example.org". Please refer to
"Au Jardin Helvetia".
- The Swiss online travel office Travel CH - In Germany with Airlinetickets - Flightresearch Idealo [614.- EUR (Afriqiyah Airways )]
- Search for fligths by Google on a separate page, then please click here.