Banjul International Airport

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Banjul International Airport


BJL is located in Gambia
Location of airport in Gambia
Airport type Public
Serves Banjul
Location Banjul, Gambia
Hub for Gambia Bird
Elevation AMSL 95 ft / 29 m
Coordinates 13°20′16.66″N 16°39′07.94″W / 13.3379611°N 16.6522056°W / 13.3379611; -16.6522056
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 11,811 3,600 Asphalt

Banjul International Airport also known as Yundum International (IATA: BJLICAO: GBYD) is the international airport of Banjul, capital of the Gambia.

In 2004, the airport served 967,719 passengers[citation needed].

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[1][2] 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.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Arik Air Accra,[4] Dakar, Freetown (suspended),[a] Lagos[7]
Binter Canarias operated by Naysa Gran Canaria[8]
Brussels Airlines Brussels, Dakar
Gambia Bird (Suspended)[b] Accra, Barcelona, Dakar, Freetown (suspended),[a] Lagos (suspended),[a] London-Gatwick, Monrovia[10] (suspended)[a]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Sénégal Airlines Dakar
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Vueling Barcelona
  1. ^ a b c d Beginning in July 2014, Gambia has banned all flights and passengers from Guinea, Liberia, & Sierra Leone due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak. On 11 August 2014, Nigeria banned Gambia Bird due to the Ebola outbreak, despite no cases in Gambia or direct flights by the airline from infected countries to Nigeria.[5][6]
  2. ^ On 30th December 2014 Gambia Bird suspened all flights until further notice.[9]

Other facilities[edit]

The head office of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority is located on the airport property.[11]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 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.[12]
  • 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.[13][14][15]

See also[edit]

List of airports in the Gambia


  1. ^ Space Shuttle Emergency Landing Sites
  2. ^
  3. ^ Lacey, Marc (4 September 2005). "Memories Linger Where NASA Lights Shone in Gambia". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Aril Air Adds New Accra / Banjul Service from August 2014". Airline Route. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Liberia: Arik Air Suspends Flights to Liberia, Sierra Leon Over Ebola Virus". 28 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014. The Gambian Government took the proactive decision to stop airlines (including Arik Air) from bringing inbound passengers from Monrovia, Conakry (Guinea) and Freetown into Banjul. 
  6. ^ Hinshaw, Drew; McGroarty, Patrick (13 August 2014). "Ebola Virus: Nigeria and Ivory Coast Restrict Flights From Countries Hit by Outbreak". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  7. ^ 2014 Timetable, Arik Air,
  8. ^ once a week 2014-2015,
  9. ^ Gambia Bird suspends all flights,
  10. ^ Timetable, valid from 01.08.2014–30 November 2014,
  12. ^ "Accident description G-AHJB". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Accident description G-AHEW". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "23 Killed in Crash of Plane in Africa". Pittsburg Press. 7 September 1946. p. 1. 
  15. ^ B.S.A.A. York which crashedsoon after take-off at night from Yundum airfield on September 7th, 1946, Access August 2011

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