Banjul International Airport
|Banjul International Airport|
|IATA: BJL – ICAO: GBYD
|Hub for||Gambia Bird|
|Elevation AMSL||95 ft / 29 m|
In 2004, the airport served 967,719 passengers.
The airport has a number of amenities, including bars serving primarily snacks and drinks, as well as small shops selling local souvenirs and stalls representing local cell phone providers, all of which are before security. Airside facilities include a bar, restaurant and a number of duty free stores selling primarily alcohol and other gifts.
In the event of an emergency on any of the NASA Space Shuttles, Banjul International Airport had been selected as an augmented landing site. The Gambia was the perfect location when the shuttle was launched with a low, 28-degree inclination In 2001 NASA announced that Banjul airport would no longer be used as an augmented landing site because latterly, NASA would launch shuttles up at 51.6 degrees to the International Space Station, making air bases in Spain and France more suitable for an emergency landing.
Airlines and destinations
|Arik Air||Dakar, Freetown, Lagos, London-Heathrow|
|Binter Canarias operated by Naysa||Gran Canaria|
|Brussels Airlines||Brussels, Conakry|
|Corendon Dutch Airlines||Seasonal: Amsterdam|
|Gambia Bird||Accra, Barcelona, Dakar, Freetown, London-Gatwick, Monrovia|
|Monarch Airlines||Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester|
|Thomas Cook Airlines||Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester|
|Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia||Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda|
Incidents and accidents
- On 4 July 1946, a Bristol Freighter 170 registration G-AHJB flying from Bathurst (now Banjul) to Natal on a delivery flight to Argentina, due to fuel shortage, forced the crew to ditch the plane. The crewmembers were rescued by an American Steamer. The probable cause was powerplant failure resulting from shortage of fuel due to faulty navigation. No one died in the accident.
- On 7 September 1946, a British South American Airways Avro 685 York I registration G-AHEW named "Star Leader" flying from London to Buenos Aires via Lisbon, Bathurst (Banjul)-Jeshwang, Natal, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont and Montevideo lost control and crashed shortly after takeoff from Bathurst. The cause of the loss of control cannot be determined with certainty, but a mishandling of the controls by the captain is the most likely explanation. All 24 occupants died.
- Space Shuttle Emergency Landing Sites
- Lacey, Marc (4 September 2005). "Memories Linger Where NASA Lights Shone in Gambia". The New York Times.
- "APPLICATION FOR A FLIGHT PERMIT." (Archive) Gambia Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved on 28 January 2013. "THE GAMBIA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY BANJUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT P.O. BOX 285 BANJUL, THE GAMBIA"
- "Accident description G-AHJB". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "Accident description G-AHEW". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "23 Killed in Crash of Plane in Africa". Pittsburg Press. 7 September 1946. p. 1.
- B.S.A.A. York which crashedsoon after take-off at night from Yundum airfield on September 7th, 1946, Access August 2011
- Profile of Banjul International Airport
- Airport information for GBYD at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for GBYD at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for GBYD at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for BJL at Aviation Safety Network