The Margouilla's Advice on Nightstopping in Bitam

BITAM (FOOB/BMM)

 

 

What airfield can I expect?

Bitam is a public airport with a 1500-meter laterite strip in good condition. The challenge generally comes from the convex shape of the runway, as the airport is built on a hilltop. The airport is nested inside the town and has little traffic. Local taxis use it as a shortcut, kids play soccer on it, and goats wander around freely, which can create a hazard as it is never possible to see the other end of the runway. Also beware of a couple tall antennas in town.

No AFIS, no customs, no fuel, no tie-downs, no nothing...

The small passenger terminal was used until the early 2000's, but scheduled flights have stopped now. The largest aircraft operated here are 20-ton turboprops. Bitam remains a good diversion in the event landing in Oyem is not possible, as the drive between the two towns is only an hour.

 

Bitam RWY 13 (2005)

 

Where am I?

With a population of 10,000, Bitam is the second largest town in Gabon's northernmost province, the Woleu-Ntem. It is pretty much a border town with nearby Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, and as such it lives from commerce and smuggling. Other activities in the area are rubber tree plantations and fish farming.

 

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