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Benin is a republic in western Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea. It extends inland about 670 km (about 415 mi) from its 121-km (75-mi) long gulf coast. Benin is bordered on the north by Burkina Faso and Niger, on the east by Nigeria, and on the west by Togo. Formerly part of French West Africa, it gained independence in 1960 as Dahomey and it was named Benin in 1975. It has an area of 112,622 sq km (43,484 sq mi). Porto-Novo is the capital and Cotonou is the largest city.

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August 2, 2016

Trans Air Benin ceased operations [update]

Airline Status Operating Dates

Aero Benin   

Inactive

2004* - 2012

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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^ Airline Code : EM : AEB

Africa Airways   

Inactive

2004* - 2010

^ Comments : Africa Airways was formed in 2004 & operated scheduled regional passenger & cargo services out of Contonou

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^ Airline Code : VJ : AFF

Afric'Air Charter   

Inactive

2002 - 2004

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^ Airline Code : 7A : AFF

African Airways   

Not started

(2010)

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^ Airline Code : VJ : ---

Afrique Airlines   

Inactive

2003 - 2006

^ Comments : Afrique Airlines was formed as Air Togo in 2002

^ Genealogy : Air Togo >Afriques Airlines

^ Airline Code : X5 : FBN

Afro Unity Airways   

Unsure

1969* - 1971*

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Air Benin   

Unsure

1983* - 1983*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Alafia Jet   

Inactive

2008* - 2009

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^ Airline Code : -- : IGA

Benin Air Express   

Unsure

1990s

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Benin Airlines   

Unsure

2007* - 2007*

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Benin Golf Air   

Inactive

2002 - 2012*

^ Comments : Benin Golf Air was based in Cotonou. It was established and started operations in 2002 and operated regional flights in West Africa

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : A8 : BGL

Benin Inter Regional   

Inactive

1986 - 1991*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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^ Airline Code : -- : STB

Benin Littoral Airways   

Inactive

2009* - 2009*

^ Comments :  

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^ Airline Code : -- : LTL

COTAIR (Côte Atlantique Inter Régional)   

Active

2008* - date

^ Comments : COTAIR (Côte Atlantique Inter Régional) is an airline based in Cotonou, It was established in 2008 and operated scheduled domestic flights in Benin

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^ Airline Code : -- : COB

Nord-Sud Benin   

Inactive

1990* - 1995

^ Comments : Nord-Sud Benin was formed in 1990 offering charter services out of Cadjehoun International Airport

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^ Airline Code : -- : NSB

Royal Air   

Inactive

2008* - 2012

^ Comments : Royal Air was formed in 2008. A charter airline based in Cotonou, Its main base was Cadjehoun Airport. As of Jul2012, it is no longer in business

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^ Airline Code : -- : RYL

TAB (Transports Aeriens du Benin)   

Unsure

1978* - 1981*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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^ Airline Code : -- : TSB

Trans Air Benin   

Inactive

2000 - date

^ Comments : Trans Air Benin is a scheduled passenger airline based in Cotonou. It was established in 2000 and started operations in Nov2000. Ceased operations

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : Y7 : TNB

West African Airlines   

Inactive

2003 - 2004

^ Comments : West African Airlines was a scheduled passenger and cargo airline based in CotonouIt was established in 2003 and started operations on 29Jun2003

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : WZ : WSF

Westair Benin   

Inactive

2012 - 2015

^ Comments : Westair Benin was established in Jun2012 through the reorganisation ofWestair Cargo. Operated its inaugural passenger flight, from Cotonou to Niamey, on 19Dec2012. The airline ceased operations in 2015 but was said to be restarting operations as of mid-2016. Do not think it has started yet

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^ Airline Code : WH : ---

Zircon Airways   

Unsure

2008* - 2009*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : Z4 : BZW

Zircon Airways Benin   

Inactive

2001* - 2002

^ Comments : Zircon Airways Benin was founded in 2001

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : Z4 : BZW

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