NOTE: Links to re-sized pics are below each picture.
Djado airport is the only airport in Nouadhibou. Djado airport is highly congested, from planes coming in and out all over Northern Africa, Southern Europe And even some locations in the Middle East. The major congestion is not only from congested airspace, but also due it being a one-runway airport, and also the fact that a 4-lane boulevard crosses it. Which means traffic must come to a complete stop when planes land and takeoff.
A new airport is in the planning, to be built further out into the desert. This will significantly reduce congestion at the airport.
(Ive based this airport off of 2. The first is some Caribbean airport were planes takeoff/land right over the beach. Another is Gibraltar Airport, were a avenue crosses the runway. Why not build a tunnel? Cause this is so much more kick-ass. )
Planes land primarily on the eastern side of the runway. Easterly winds from the ocean help the plane slow-down on the approach, making for an easier landing.
The runway was made on a artificial strip of land, for various reasons. The open ocean and also the large bay, both on each side of the Nouadhibou Peninsula, mean almost no buildings are going to be in the way. Another issue was land conservation. If the runway was parallel to the ocean, a lot of land would be used for nothing.
The Airport Terminal can only hold 8 planes, another reason for the heavy congestion. And even the small amount of un-used tarmac for waiting planes becomes a problem.
The Air Traffic Control Tower is located near the runway, away from the terminal. It was built just this year.
There is a small cargo terminal across the runway. It only has 2 small warehouses, and 2 fuel tanks.
Traffic always has to wait when planes cross the runway. "Stoplights" are at the intersection to hold the cars, along with many guards. Today the wait isn't that bad. Some days the traffic gets held up for 2 blocks.
Ill leave today with a teaser for something else in the city.