Gambia Bird

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Gambia Bird
Gambia Bird logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
3G GBQ GAMBIA BIRD
Commenced operations 22 October 2012 (2012-10-22)
Ceased operations 2014
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 was the flag carrier airline of Gambia[2] headquarted in Kanifing[3] with its home base at Banjul International Airport. It suspended operations in December 2014 (2014-12).

History[edit]

Gambia Bird was founded by the German carrier Germania in October 2012.[4] Germania also retained a 90% ownership share of Gambia Bird.[4]

The carrier started operations on 22 October 2012 (2012-10-22) with an Airbus A319-100 leased from Germania that flew between Banjul and Dakar.[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] By May 2015, there had not been any resumption of services. The former aircraft of Gambia Bird are currently back in service with its parent, Germania.[12] In March 2015, Germania's CEO already stated that a resumption of services by Gambia Bird seems unlikely due to an insufficient perspective for the future development.[13]

Destinations[edit]

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

Country City Airport Start End Refs
Gambia Banjul Banjul International Airport Hub N/A December 2014 [14]
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport 2012 December 2014 [14]
Guinea-Bissau Bissau Osvaldo Vieira International Airport Unknown December 2014 [14]
Liberia Monrovia Roberts International Airport 2012 December 2014 [14]
Nigeria Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport Unknown December 2014 [14]
Senegal Dakar Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport 22 October 2012 December 2014 [5][14]
Sierra Leone Freetown Lungi International Airport 2012 December 2014 [14]
Spain Barcelona Barcelona Airport 28 October 2012 December 2014 [7][14]
United Kingdom London Gatwick Airport 24 October 2012 December 2014 [6][14]

Fleet[edit]

Gambia Bird Airbus A319-100

As of December 2014, the Gambia Bird fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[15]

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. ^ "Contact Us." Gambia Bird. Retrieved on 7 May 2013. "Headoffice Gambia Bird House 38 Kairaba Avenue Kanifing, Municipality The Gambia"
  4. ^ a b "Germania expandiert nach Afrika" [Germania expands into Africa]. Airliners.de. 7 May 2012. 
  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" (PDF) (Press release). Gambia Bird. 30 December 2014.  Archived 13 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-a319-4663.htm
  13. ^ http://www.airliners.de/pay-to-fly-germania-quatsch-balke/35095
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Schedule (Effective 2 June–25 October 2014)" (PDF). Gambia Bird. 1 June 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Fleet". Gambia Bird.  Archived 13 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

Media related to Gambia Bird at Wikimedia Commons