Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, and Afriquia (Libyan) all
serve Chad. Unlike 20 years ago when you had a choice of 2 or 3 flights a week,
now you can fly into Chad pretty much any day of the week you want. With all due respect for the other two, we recommend you take
the Air France flight, though it costs an arm and a leg - more than $3000 in
From Chicago, you'll have an
overnight 8 hour trip to Paris - arriving at about 8 am local time - and then an
all-day layover. If you're adventuresome like Diane, you catch a train and go
into the city to see the Eiffel Tower or eat crÍpes. On the other hand, if
you're like Mark, you're just as happy to avoid the adventure and spend the day
in the airport - knowing that the adventure will find you sooner or later in any
case so there's no sense in provoking it.
4 pm, you board the flight to N'Djamena - about 5 hours or about the
same length as a New-York to LA flight in the states.
at N'djamena airport can be a bit of shock to the system. It has never failed to make an impression on
us - even after many years and numerous trips. The heat, the soldiers with their assault weapons, the tension of going
through customs, and just the thought of being in what is very much a frontier
outpost in the heart of Africa.
plane parks a good 200 yards from the the terminal, which is actually
pretty nice, and quite modern, even if it has only two gates - one gate for
arrivals and one for departures.
Unlike the USA,
where they make you "declare" what you are bringing in, and then for
the most part take your word for it with the promise of terrible
consequences if they catch you lying, In Chad they just open each of your suitcases to see for
World Map (minus the route) courtesy of www.theodora.com/maps.