N'djili Airport (IATA: FIH, ICAO: FZAA), also known as N'Djili International Airport and Kinshasa International Airport, serves the city of Kinshasa and is the largest of the four international airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is named after the nearby Ndjili River.
It served as a hub for Hewa Bora Airways until its demise in 2011.
In 2004, the airport served 516,345 passengers (+17.9% vs. '03).
It was an alternative landing site for NASA's Space Shuttle.
The airport has barely been maintained or upgraded and is still using the infrastructure built by the Belgians during the colonial era. The airport offers wireless internet access. It's main runway was repaved in early 2012.
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