Bangui M'Poko International Airport (BGF)
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Bangui, Central African Republic (CF) Medium airport
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Bangui M'Poko International Airport Destinations List
This list shows the 3 locations you can fly to from Bangui M'Poko International Airport
|Destination||IATA||Airlines Flying Route|
|Yaoundé Nsimalen International||NSI||Air France|
|Mohammed V International||CMN||Royal Air Maroc|
|Douala International||DLA||Ethiopian Airlines|
Bangui M'Poko International Airport Destinations Map
Bangui M'Poko International Airport Reviews (4)
I have been going in and out of CAR for the past one and half year almost every three months as my husband used to work there. The airport is a complete mess. There are two things which I found extremely annoying. One that they will randomly put some bags in customs, where anything can be stolen from it until you reach there, and they will open it in a complete mess. Another thing is that a porter will take your bags outside and in the end you will find 6 people asking you for money. Now a mobile company has given uniforms with numbers to the porters which can solve your problem if you note down the number.
Arrival and Departure from BGF Airport
I used to travel extensively in sub-Saharan Africa. Arriving is not such a problem; the only hassle is the fight for your luggage from the one belt in a far too small luggage collection area. Departure is another story. It used to be a real fight (in the often very humid and hot environment) to get yourself and your luggage registered: people with their luggage pushing and struggling to get in through a very small entrance. Luckily Air France has a pre check-in/luggage registration early in the morning, which is very much recommended. Having past the check-in, the different departments start to try to get money from you. During the last 20 years the situation has got considerably worse, which is the result of the very unstable en financially almost bankrupt government.
Airport. . .
Entering the CAR through this airport is a hassle. Filling out the customs sheets in the airplane before landing is useless because they have you fill out new ones in the airport itself and throw out the ones filled out in the plane. At passport check, they either send you on to where the luggage belt is, or they randomly select you to see another security agent that asks for money that allows you to go to the luggage belt. Once you are waiting at the luggage belt, you can see whether your luggage is going to make it or not. They choose randomly through the whole lot of luggage and put them aside, where you have to pay money to get it back. If you are strong enough, you can get your stuff back without paying money. It’s hard to keep your luggage close to you because porters come up and just grab your bag and take it outside, where they then ask for money for the unwanted service. There is a counter with a duty free shelf with 3 or 4 articles to buy. The waiting room for outbound flights has air conditioning and a bar, but the roof leaks with water, whether it is raining or not. One cannot expect much of this airport, apart from hassles, countless passport checks and bag searches.
Bangui Airport, CAR
Hans Schabel February 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm
On Jan 26, 2013, I left Bangui Airport for Douala, Cameroon via Kenya Airlines. This turned out to be the most disgusting experience imaginable. Poko Airport is a complete disgrace to the country. It is packed with a scramble of people, some of which may belong there, many others only to add to the confusion. I was lucky to have a local facilitator get me through to the airline check-in, but was on my own thereafter, facing extreme crowding in intense heat and humidity. Worst were the customs and security officials, which were lined up in narrow offices like vultures near a kill. An airport tax in the amount of Euro 16 was requested, but change for a Euro 20 bill was refused and no receipt was given. OK, 4 Euros lost is still tolerable, and I should have brought some coins to avoid this little scam. Now came security, where I was sent to a policewoman, who was determined to make things difficult, unless I was prepared for "coffee". She went through my carry-on repeatedly, searching every pocket and singling out items like security pins, an electric shaver and spare batteries, while keeping my passport and boarding pass behind her desk. After searching my purse, fingering every bill and document, she declared I had to return to customs to have the money declared and sealed in an envelope. I did just that, but when putting my bills in that envelope the customs official helped himself to Euro 20 before sealing. I insisted he come with me to get me past that policewoman without further hassle, which he did. She had to release my passport and boarding pass and I was finally in the departure lounge. I have since heard that this experience can be expected by other travelers. As a result I recommend that everything of value, including funds should be in the checked through luggage. Carry as little money on yourself as possible, no big bills, possibly fake money and a bunch of burned out batteries as "gifts". This day-light robbery at Bangui Airport has to be stopped by foiling and exposing these predators.