Ziguinchor Airport, or Aéroport de Ziguinchor, is an airport serving the city of Ziguinchor, Ziguinchor Region, Senegal. The government-owned public airport resides at an elevation of 75 feet (23 metres) above mean sea level. It has an asphalt runway designated 10/28, measuring a length of 5,069 feet (1,545 metres).
Ziguinchor, also called Zinguinchor, is the chief town of the Casamance area of Senegal in addition to being the capital of the Ziguinchor region of Senegal. It is situated at the mouth of the Casamance River. With a total area of nine square kilometres, it is the seventh largest city of Senegal. However, it is largely separated from the north of the country by the Gambia. In 1645, the Portuguese founded the first European settlement in the area. The local people, upon seeing the Europeans, assumed they were to be enslaved and began to cry, though the objective of the Portuguese was to form a trading post and a friendship alliance with the local king. According to tradition, the name Ziguinchor was derived from Portuguese "Cheguei e choram", meaning "I came and they cry".
Ziguinchor Airport has direct flights to Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, the international airport serving the capital of Senegal, Dakar. Flights between the two airports are operated by Sénégal Airlines. Apart from air travel, Ziguinchor is also connected to Dakar by the Aline Sitoe Diatta Ferry. The overnight ferry ride takes approximately 16-hours. Other options for getting into Ziguinchor is by driving via the Transgambian highway for a 450-kilometre day trip.