Europe to Abidjan
I’ve been looking at flights from Europe to Abidjan. Basically if you want a single ticket to Abidjan – and not do more adventurous stuff like flying to Accra and taking the bus from there – you’ll have to pass by one of these cities:
There are direct flights between Beirut and Abidjan as well, but the route appears to cater for the Lebanese community and it doesn’t seem to be possible to buy a Western Europe – Beirut – Abidjan ticket.
Here are the cheapest economy prices I found from some European cities with an outbound flight in May and return in June:
615 € with TunisAir (stop in Tunis)
720 € with Royal Air Maroc (stop in Casablanca)
810 € with Brussels Airlines (stop in Brussels)
870 € with Air France (direct)
720 € with Air France (stop in Paris, with return only 17 June and a whole day’s wait in Paris on the return leg)
840 € with Air France (stop in Paris)
880 € with Brussels Airlines (stop in Brussels and on the return leg a “technical stop” in Lome)
700 € with Tunis Air (stop in Tunis)
730 € with Ethiopian (stops in Addis Abeba, Milan technical stop in Ouagadougou)
770 € Royal Air Maroc (stop in Casablanca)
920 € Brussels Airlines (direct)
560 € with Tunis Air (stop in Tunis)
680 € with Royal Air Maroc (stop in Casablanca)
820 € with Brussels Airlines (stop in Brussels)
710 € with Tunis Air (stop in Tunis)
860 € with Royal Air Maroc (stop in Casablanca)
870 € with Brussels Airlines (stop in Brussels)
1070 € with Ethiopian (stop in Addis Abeba, and technical stops in Ouagadougou/Cotonou)
1300 € with Brussels Airlines (from Bromma, stop in Brussels)
960 € with Ethiopian (stops in London, Addis Abeba plus technical stops)
960 € with Emirates (stop in Dubai, technical stop in Accra, and London on the return leg)
A year ago I did the same check and despite more options being available now (like Tunis Air and Air France), it seems prices haven’t moved. My guess is that demand has gone up even more than the supply. According to an article in French newspaper La Tribune Air France has some of the highest cabin factors on the Paris – Abidjan route and is considering using A380 aircrafts.
Coming up, Turkish Airlines may start to fly to Abidjan and Air Ivoire should get their act together and propose more destinations.
At the moment though, flying to neighbouring Accra is still cheaper and easier than Abidjan with no need to fly to odd places like Dubai or Addis Abeba or having 14 hour stops to find the best prices.