New Gambian national carrier Gambia Bird is beginning commercial service on Monday 22 October, offering scheduled flights throughout West Africa and to Europe.
Gambia Bird is supported by the Germania Group, a German airline group with 26 years’ experience in the aviation industry throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
The new airline will begin service with an Airbus A319 leased from Germania and Gambia Bird expects to add a second leased A319 before the end of the year. It will operate its A319s in two-class cabin configuration, offering Premium and Economy Class.
Gambia Bird’s schedule will begin with flights to Accra in Ghana, Monrovia in Liberia, Dakar in Senegal, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Conakry in Guinea, London and Barcelona – all coordinated from its headquarters at Banjul Yundum International Airport (BJL).
The carrier also plans to start flying soon to Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa.
“The origins of Gambia Bird stem from leveraging our business model which is founded in highly successful charter operations, to create a scheduled airline,” says Karsten Balke, Gabia Bird’s chief commercial officer. “We utilize a lean structure that outsources specialist support functions, such as technical and engineering, to expert providers and this enables us to get on with what we do best – running an airline.”
Adds Balke: “Market intelligence told us that economically the West African region is poised to grow at a phenomenal rate over the coming years and, whilst we acknowledge there are significant challenges within the region’s infrastructure to overcome, it is these very challenges that provide the springboard for a successful airline.”
Balke continues: “We are not offering a low-cost airline. Our aim is to build a reputation for quality and reliability via our scheduled and punctual services with a choice of affordable ticket options. Importantly, we want to build an airline that embodies the wonderful warmth of the Gambian people, for at the end of the day it is that total exceptional experience that will make people want to fly with us again and again.”
A second Airbus A319 will come into operation in December, extending Gambia Bird’s reach and frequency throughout West Africa and further into Europe.
According to Gambia Bird, the airline has the full support of the Government of The Gambia and works closely with the Gambian Tourism Authority and other Gambian tourism agencies. To find out more about Gambia Bird’s network and local sales agents’ details, visit www.gambiabird.com.