ASECNA – Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar


Logo of ASECNA

 The Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (L'Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar, ASECNA) is an air traffic control agency based in Dakar, Sénégal. The ASECNA was created on 12 December 1959 by an agreement signed in Saint-Louis (Sénégal), which was replaced by a new agreement signed in Dakar on 15 October 1974. The Agency is responsible for the design, implementation and management of facilities and services relating to the transmission of technical messages and traffic, aircraft guidance, control of air traffic, the flight information, forecasting and reporting in the field of meteorology for flight traffic as well as approach and landing on airports.


On 28 April 2010, the Ministers of 18 member countries of ASECNA signed in Libreville, Gabon, a new agreement to modernize laws governing the Agency, allowing ASECNA to ride out of a zone of turbulence, after threats of Sénégal and Madagascar to withdraw from the Organization.


ASECNA manages 16.1 million square kilometers of airspace (1.5 times the size of Europe) covering six Flight Information Regions (FIRs). In 2018, in addition to France (for the TMA - Terminal Manoeuvring Area - of Saint-Denis-Gillot, included in the Antananarivo FIR), ASECNA is made up to 17 African States, for a total of 18 Member States. Over the years, ASECNA has made a very important contribution to the development of civil aviation on the African continent, thanks to international cooperation among nations. ASECNA remains a historical model of a regional body dedicated to the collaborative management of airspaces doubled by the provision of safe air navigation services.


In 1972, ICAO bestowed the Edward Warner Award on ASECNA. The countries, members of ASECNA, commemorated the 10th, 20th and 25th anniversaries of ASECNA by issuing stamps and first day covers. A few examples are shown here-below.


On 12 December 2019, ASECNA celebrated its 60th anniversary. Council President Aliu recognized ASECNA’s establishment as marking “a key development for Africa and for international aviation, and one which represents one of the most important collective decisions on the cooperative management of airspace ever adopted.”  Acknowledging that the spirit of cooperation which ASECNA exemplifies has always been the core foundation of the safe, secure, and sustainable civil aviation network we know and appreciate all over the world today, President Aliu stressed that the African ANSP’s “collaborative model and pioneering leadership through the decades have been immensely important to civil aviation progress in Africa, and they have helped ASECNA States and Africa more broadly to harness and maximize the benefits of air transport on the basis of enabling regulatory environments and quality infrastructure.”

The ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu drew attention to the fact that aviation’s direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts are resulting in almost 56 billion dollars in pan-African GDP, with the related travel and tourism sectors generating another 194 billion, and that every person directly employed in the aviation sector in Africa supports another 14.8 jobs elsewhere on the continent. The airlines achieved 7.5% passenger growth last year, and are forecast to continue growing at this or higher rates for the foreseeable future; one can all clearly recognize that the potential for aviation growth on the African continent represents a tremendous opportunity for increased prosperity for all Africans.



Togo – 6 June 1971

10th Anniversary of ASECNA


Niger – 12 December 1979

20th Anniversary of ASECNA

Mali – 10 June 1985

25th Anniversary of ASECNA

Upper Volta (renamed Burkina Faso from 1984) – 12 December 1979

20th Anniversary of ASECNA 

Hawker Siddeley Trident three-engine jet liner taking off at Ouagadougou Airport


Cover sent from ASECNA to ICAO in Montréal – Metered postage dated 1 February 1996.


ASECNA Letter cut with slogan – Metered postage dated 12 January 2000.