Welcome back to my West African Series
As this year is the 'Year of Return', Ghana is welcoming all persons of African descent back to the shores of the nation. It is a year long event marking 400 years since the first slave ship left Africa for the Americas. Ghana has been on my list for ages and I could not have chosen a better time to go.
As I booked my flights to Ghana, coincidentally Emirates sent me an email saying my miles would be expiring June 30, 2019. I decided to do some research and realized the best way to not let these miles go to waste was to book an intra-african route between Accra, Ghana and Abidjan, Cote d'ivore. The entire Emirates route is : DXB-ACC-ABJ-ACC-DXB using a Boeing 777-300ER. The ACC-ABJ route is also operated by Air
Cote d'Ivore, South African, EgyptAir and Middle East Airlines.
The flight was a 40 minute flight and despite it being short, my shortest flight on a 777 was between Trinidad and Barbados on BA 772.
Each way a flight was worth 8,750 miles which wasn't bad for such a short flight.
Arriving at Kokota airport around 11am, the airport was busy as the midday flights to other West African states were operating.
The new terminal looks great during the day light hours.
Kokota airport does not offer any adequate food options behind security so the airport staff recommended trying the restaurants on the second floor of the terminal. The food was GREAT.
Afternoon departures from Kokota. There were about 3 5th freedom flights operating today, SN, KQ and EK.
As the terminal is relatively new, more shopping options were being constructed.
Our aircraft had arrived from Duabi and was being serviced.
KQ to Monrovia & ET to Addis Adaba.
Aircraft : Boeing 777-36NER
Age: 13.8 Years
Our aircraft waiting to depart for our 40 minute flight.
This cabin operating this route was the old one and seat pitch was pretty good. My seat however was dirty but I assume this occurred on the incoming flight.
To our surprise we pushed back early as everyone was on board. My view was slightly obscured due to the dirty window but I tried my best to get the best pictures.
Upwind RWY 21
We made an almost immediate bank to the right and flew parallel to the coastline.
Though a short flight, Emirates offered a snack tray with cake, a cheese sandwich and water. It was a nice addition.
About 20 minutes in, descent came around. There was not a clear view from the window.
Through the clouds, the lush Ivorian forests could be seen.
The outskirts of Abidjan appear just as we enter our final approach.
We pulled into the gate at Aéroport Félix Houphouët Boigny and met a Mauritiana Airlines 737-700.
Our A/C at the gate about to get prepared for the flight back to DXB via ACC.
Customs & Immigration took about an hour but we were soon on our way.
The route thanks to Flightrad
I thoroughly enjoyed this short flight. It was a great way for anyone to have the Emirates experience within Africa. The snack was also a great addition.