Banjul International Airport
Banjul International Airport
|Elevation AMSL||29 m / 95 ft|
The only airport in Gambia is at Yundum. After World War 2, Yundum airport was used for passenger flights. Both British South American Airways and the British Overseas Airways Corporation had services, the former moving its service to Dakar, which had a concrete runway (as opposed to pierced steel planking). The airport was rebuilt in 1963 and the building is still in use today.
In the event of an emergency on any of the NASA Space Shuttles, Banjul International Airport had been selected as an augmented landing site. 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.
The airport was the main hub of Gambia Bird until the airline ceased operations in late 2014.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Peace||Dakar–Diass, Freetown, Lagos|
|Arik Air||Accra, Lagos|
|ASKY Airlines||Accra, Freetown, Lomé|
|Binter Canarias||Gran Canaria|
|Brussels Airlines||Brussels, Dakar–Diass|
|Corendon Airlines Europe||Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Munich|
|Corendon Dutch Airlines||Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen|
|Guinea Airlines||Conakry, Dakar–Diass|
|Royal Air Maroc||Casablanca|
|Smartwings Slovakia||Seasonal charter: Bratislava|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon (begins 26 October 2019)|
|Thomas Cook Airlines||Seasonal: Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester|
|Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia||Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda|
|Titan Airways||Seasonal: London-Gatwick|
|Transavia||Seasonal charter: Amsterdam|
|TUI fly Belgium||Seasonal: Brussels|
|TUI fly Netherlands||Amsterdam|
Accidents and incidents
- On 4 July 1946, a Bristol Freighter 170 with registration G-AHJB, flying from Bathurst (now Banjul) to Natal on a delivery flight to Argentina, experienced a fuel shortage that 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 with 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.
- On 10 October 1997 a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air operated by NAYSA Aerotaxis crashed on approach 3 miles before the runway. All but 1 of the 10 occupants died.
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- Lacey, Marc (4 September 2005). "Memories Linger Where NASA Lights Shone in Gambia". The New York Times.
- 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Asky Airlines files Guinea network from December 2018".
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- "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
- "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 crashed soon 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 October 2006).
- Current weather for GBYD at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for BJL at Aviation Safety Network