The new services will operate from Gambia Bird’s home base of Banjul, The Gambia, to Bissau, in Guinea-Bissau, Lagos, in Nigeria, Dakar in Senegal, and Douala, in Cameroon, as well as from each of the new destinations to points across the airline’s growing network.
The new services will allow Gambia Bird to double the number of connections previously offered, with 25 connections each week from Dakar, 20 from Banjul, 20 from Freetown, 15 from Lagos and 18 from Monrovia.
Flights to a fifth new destination, Conakry, in Guinea, will be launched as soon as local conditions allow.
Announcing the new routes, Thomas Wazinski, Chief Executive Officer of Gambia Bird Airlines, said: “We are delighted to be launching these new services, and to be adding important new destinations across West Africa to our network. Our comfortable and reliable fleet of Airbus 319s will offer competitively-priced connections for both business and leisure passengers between Banjul, Bissau, Dakar, Douala, Lagos and other points within our network, and we look forward to welcoming customers on these new routes.”
Karsten Balke, Chief Commercial Officer, added: “There is growing demand for safe and reliable air travel between West Africa’s major cities and we are confident that these new routes will deliver increased choice and convenience for customers who want to take holidays within the region, visit friends and relatives or conduct business. Our comfortable aircraft cabins, excellent hospitality and punctual services have already raised the bar for airlines within West Africa. The addition of Bissau, Douala and Lagos to our network offers a welcome increase in the availability of high quality travel across this vital and dynamic market.
Gambia Bird currently operates services from Banjul, in The Gambia, to Accra in Ghana, Dakar in Senegal, Freetown in Sierra Leone, and Monrovia in Liberia, with further long haul services from Banjul to Barcelona and London, and from Freetown to London.
Gambia Bird currently runs a fleet of Airbus 319-100s, which operate throughout its network. The airline is based in Banjul, and is financially backed by the German airline group Germania.
Bissau is the capital city of Guinea-Bissau, was founded by the Portuguese in 1647 and is served by Osvaldo Vieira International Airport. With a population of nearly half a million people, Bissau is the country's largest city and is a major port, educational, administrative and military centre.
Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and, with a population of nearly 2.5 million people within its metropolitan area, the largest city in the country. Dakar’s airport, Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, is the gateway for Senegal’s expanding tourist industry, and the country’s other main industries include food processing, chemicals, mining and textiles.
Douala is the largest city in Cameroon and is regarded as the commercial capital of the country. This prosperous city of around three million people is the home to Douala International Airport, and Cameroon's largest port, which handles the country's major exports, such as oil, cocoa and coffee, timber, metals and fruits.
Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria and the largest in Africa, with an estimated population of up to 21 million people. It is the second fastest-growing city in Africa and the seventh fastest-growing in the world, with thriving tourism, film and music industries. Lagos is served by Murtala Muhammed International Airport.