Ivato has been the main airport of Antananarivo since the 1960s; civil and military mixed platform and main hub of Air Madagascar.
Madagascar’s deadliest aviation accident occurred at the airport on July 19, 1967. A Douglas DC-4 of Air Madagascar departing for Antsiranana touched the ground 720 meters past the runway, briefly became airborne but crashed again just over 500 meters later, killing 42 of the 77 onboard. Among the dead was foreign minister Albert Sylla.
It has two main terminals: one terminal for domestic flights and one terminal for international flights. In December 2021, a new terminal opened.
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In 2016, 845,000 passengers passed through the airport.