Gambia Bird

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Gambia Bird
Gambia Bird logo.png
IATA
3G
ICAO
GBQ
Callsign
GAMBIA BIRD
Commenced operations 22 October 2012 (2012-10-22)
Hubs Banjul International Airport
Fleet size 2
Destinations 9
Parent company Germania
Headquarters Kanifing, The Gambia
Key people Thomas Wazinski (CEO)[1]
Website www.gambiabird.com

Gambia Bird Airlines Limited is the flag carrier airline of Gambia.[2] It was founded by the German carrier Germania in October 2012.[3] The head office is located at the Gambia Bird House in Kanifing.[4]

It operates flights from Banjul International Airport to African ECOWAS cities with an Airbus A319 fleet. In addition, the airline operates from Banjul and Freetown to London and Barcelona. In the winter season, a Boeing 757-200 of Titan Airways will join the fleet to be deployed on the European network. Germania will retain a 90% ownership share of Gambia Bird.[3]

Gambia Bird suspended operations in December 2014 (2014-12) until further notice.

History[edit]

The carrier started operations on 22 October 2012 (2012-10-22) with an Airbus A319 leased from Germania that flew the Banjul–Dakar sector.[5] Accra, Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia were added to the route network shortly afterwards;[2] on 24 October 2012 (2012-10-24), Gambia Bird operated its first service to London Gatwick.[6] Flights to Barcelona were introduced on 28 October.[7] A second A319 joined the fleet in November 2012 (2012-11).[8]

In December 2014 (2014-12), Gambia Bird suspended operations until further notice.[9][10][11]

Destinations[edit]

A Gambia Bird Airbus A319 departs Manchester Airport, England. (2013)

Gambia Bird served the following destinations, as of June 2014:

Country City Airport Start End Refs
Gambia Banjul Banjul International Airport Hub N/A present [12]
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport 2012 present [12]
Guinea-Bissau Bissau Osvaldo Vieira International Airport Unknown present [12]
Liberia Monrovia Roberts International Airport 2012 present [12]
Nigeria Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport Unknown present [12]
Senegal Dakar Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport 22 October 2012 present [5][12]
Sierra Leone Freetown Lungi International Airport 2012 present [12]
Spain Barcelona Barcelona Airport 28 October 2012 present [7][12]
United Kingdom London Gatwick Airport 24 October 2012 present [6][12]

Fleet[edit]

The Gambia Bird fleet consists of the following aircraft, as of February 2015:[13]

Gambia Bird Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 2 144 Leased from Germania

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paylor, Anne (16 October 2014). "Gambia Bird’s Freetown-London permit revoked due to Ebola fears". Air Transport World.  Archived 17 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Ruvers, Martin (12 December 2012). "ANALYSIS: Gambia Bird pins hopes on Nigerian progress". Flightglobal (London). Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Germania expandiert nach Afrika" [Germania expands into Africa]. Airliners.de. 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Contact Us." Gambia Bird. Retrieved on 7 May 2013. "Headoffice Gambia Bird House 38 Kairaba Avenue Kanifing, Municipality The Gambia"
  5. ^ a b Rivers, Martin (22 October 2012). "Gambia Bird launches operations with wet-leased A319". Flightglobal (London). Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Rivers, Martin (25 October 2012). "Gambia Bird touches down at London Gatwick". Flightglobal (London). Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Blanco, Isabelle (28 October 2012). "Gambia Bird à Londres et Barcelone" [Gambia Bird to London and Barcelona]. Air Journal (in French). Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Rivers, Martin (11 December 2012). "Gambia Bird takes delivery of second A319". Flightglobal (London). Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Thisdell, Dan (13 February 2015). "Flights cancelled: Top 12 recent airline collapses". London: Flightglobal. Up-and-coming Africa was not without casualties in 2014. As the year closed, Gambia Bird closed, too – at least until further notice. The airline didn’t give a specific reason for the decision – or indicated when it hopes to resume flights – but the announcement coincided with indications of unrest in Banjul, the country's capital.  Archived 13 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Moores, Victoria (31 December 2014). "West Africa’s Gambia Bird suspends flights". Air Transport World.  Archived 31 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Suspension of commercial flight operations" (Press release). Gambia Bird. 30 December 2014.  Archived 13 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Schedule (Effective 2 June–25 October 2014)". Gambia Bird. 1 June 2014. Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Fleet". Gambia Bird.  Archived 13 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine

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