The airline will also operate 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 it previously offered with 25 connections each week from Dakar, 20 from Banjul, 20 from Freetown, 18 from Accra, 15 from Lagos and 18 from Monrovia. Flights to a fourth new destination, Conakry, in Guinea, would also 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,” he said.
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.
The Gambia Bird Airline was founded by the German carrier Germania Express in October 2012 to create a new gateway to West Africa by providing comfortable scheduled flights across the region and to Europe.