Asky Airlines
ASKY Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedJune 2008
Commenced operations15 January 2010
HubsGnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport
Frequent-flyer programASKY Club
Fleet size10
HeadquartersLomé, Togo
Key peopleEsayas WoldeMariam (Managing Director),[1] Nowel Ngala (Commercial Director)[2]

ASKY Airlines is a private multinational passenger airline serving West and Central Africa, with its head office in Lomé, Togo and its hub at Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport.[3]

The airline is a strategic partner of Ethiopian Airlines, and has been consistently profitable since 2017.[2]



After the pan-African airline Air Afrique went bankrupt in 2002, cross-border air transport in Africa became more difficult, especially in West and Central Africa. At a conference of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) at Niamey in Niger on 10 January 2004, it was decided to create a private, competitive, cost-effective airline offering all guarantees of safety and security for the region.[4]

In September 2005, under the initiative of Gervais Koffi G. Djondo, the company for the promotion of a regional airline (SPCAR) was set up, which led to various feasibility studies and market studies, and sought financial and strategic partners; this led to the establishment of ASKY Airlines in November 2007 with Gervais Koffi G. Djondo as President. On 17 January 2008 the General Meeting to establish the new international private airline was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. 80% of shares were to be held by private investors, and 20% by public financial institutions whose mission is to support privately owned development institutions.[5] Ethiopian Airlines became the technical and strategic partner under a management contract for the first five years of operation, holding a 40% stake.[6][7]

Originally planned for April 2009, the first revenue flight took place on 15 January 2010.[citation needed]

Corporate affairs


The airline is privately owned. Main shareholders are Ethiopian Airlines (40%), Ecobank, BIDC, BOAD, Sakhumnotho Group Holding and other West and Central African private investors.[8]

Business trends

Asky Airlines has been reported as being profitable,[9] although accounts do not seem to have been published. The airline states that it was first profitable in 2015, and then again from 2017 to 2019.[2]

Recent available figures (largely from AFRAA reports) are shown below (for years ending 31 December):

2016 2017 2018 2019
Turnover (XOF billions) 95.0
Net profit / loss (XOF billions) loss profit profit profit
Number of employees (at year end) 454 458
Number of passengers (000s) 488 488 559
Passenger load factor (%) 63.2 61.5 61.0
Number of aircraft (at year end) 8 7 8 8
Notes/sources [10] [11] [8] [12][2]


Asky Airlines serves the following 19 scheduled destinations throughout West and Central Africa from its hub at Lome (October 2017):[13]

ASKY Route Network
ASKY Route Network
Suspended route
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Abidjan  Côte d'Ivoire ABJ DIAP Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport [13]
Abuja  Nigeria ABV DNAA Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport [13]
Accra  Ghana ACC DGAA Kotoka International Airport [13]
Bamako  Mali BKO GABS Bamako-Sénou International Airport [13]
Bangui  Central African Republic BGF FEFF Bangui M'Poko International Airport [13]
Banjul  Gambia BJL GBYD Banjul International Airport [13]
Bissau Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau OXB GGOV Osvaldo Vieira International Airport [13]
Brazzaville  Republic of the Congo BZV FCBB Maya-Maya Airport [13]
Conakry  Guinea CKY GUCY Conakry International Airport [13]
Cotonou  Benin COO DBBB Cadjehoun Airport [13]
Dakar  Senegal DSS GOBD Blaise Diagne International Airport [13]
Douala  Cameroon DLA FKKD Douala International Airport [13]
Freetown  Sierra Leone FNA GFLL Lungi International Airport [13]
Johannesburg  South Africa JNB FAOR O. R. Tambo International Airport [13]
Kinshasa  Democratic Republic of Congo FIH FZAA N'djili Airport [13]
Lagos  Nigeria LOS DNMM Murtala Mohammed International Airport [13]
Libreville  Gabon LBV FOOL Léon-Mba International Airport [13]
Lomé  Togo LFW DXXX Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport [13]
Malabo  Equatorial Guinea SSG FGSL Malabo International Airport [13]
Monrovia  Liberia ROB GLRB Roberts International Airport [13]
Monrovia  Liberia MLW GLMR Spriggs Payne Airport [13]
N'Djamena  Chad NDJ FTTJ N'Djamena International Airport [13]
Niamey  Niger NIM DRRN Diori Hamani International Airport [13]
Nouakchott  Mauritania NUI MEEH Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport [13]
Ouagadougou  Burkina Faso OUA DFFD Thomas Sankara International Airport [13]
Pointe Noire  Republic of the Congo PNR FCPP Agostinho-Neto International Airport [13]
Yaoundé  Cameroon NSI FKYS Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport [13]

Alliances and codeshare agreements

Asky is able to connect flights in its network to various points in the Ethiopian Airlines network, with whom it has codeshare arrangements, via Addis Ababa and beyond to the Middle East, Far East, and East Africa. In 2021, ASKY became a member of IATA.[14]


ASKY Airlines Q400 at Douala, Cameroon (2013)
ASKY Airlines Q400 at Douala, Cameroon (2013)

The ASKY Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft as of April 2021:

Asky Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 5 16 99 115
Boeing 737-800 5 16 138 154
Total 10 0

ASKY was one of the first airlines in the world to operate dual-class Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, with a completely separate cabin for business class passengers.

Accidents and incidents


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  2. ^ a b c d Nelly Fualdes (22 April 2021). "Asky remains determined to make its mark despite Covid-19". The Africa Report.
  3. ^ "Ethiopian and ASKY Airlines Sign MoU on Strategic Partnership and Investment". Ethiopian Airlines. 1 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Reasons to be". Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. ^ "ASKY A new African airline -". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  6. ^ "ASKY airline West Africa regional airline first flight in April 2009 - DWS Aviation". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  7. ^ "ASKY Airlines eyes expansion to Southern Africa and Europe as it celebrates its third birthday". Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "AFRAA Annual Report 2019" (PDF). AFRAA. 2019.
  9. ^ "Togo's Asky Airlines open to South African Airways buy-in". ch-aviation. 9 June 2014.
  10. ^ "AFRAA Annual Report 2017" (PDF). AFRAA. 2017.
  11. ^ "AFRAA Annual Report 2018" (PDF). AFRAA. 2018.
  12. ^ "AFRAA Annual Report 2020" (PDF). AFRAA. 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "NEW SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2017". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Current Airline Members".
  15. ^ "ASKY Airlines". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 October 2016.