|Commenced operations||22 October 2012|
|Hubs||Banjul International Airport|
|Headquarters||Kanifing, The Gambia|
|Key people||Thomas Wazinski, CEO|
Gambia Bird was founded by the German carrier Germania in October 2012. The airline was launched in partnership with the Government of Gambia in order to replace the services of Air Afrique, which was liquidated in 2002. Germania retained a 90% ownership share pf Gambia Bird.
The carrier started operations on 22 October 2012Airbus A319-100 leased from Germania that flew between Banjul and Dakar. Accra, Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia were added to the route network shortly afterwards; on 24 October 2012 , Gambia Bird operated its first service to London Gatwick. Flights to Barcelona were introduced on 28 October. A second A319 joined the fleet in November 2012 .with an
In December 2014 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. 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., Gambia Bird suspended operations until further notice.
Gambia Bird served the following destinations, as of June 2014[update]:
|Cameroon||Douala||Douala International Airport||Unknown||Unknown|||
|Gambia||Banjul||Banjul International Airport Hub||N/A||December 2014|||
|Ghana||Accra||Kotoka International Airport||2012||December 2014|||
|Guinea-Bissau||Bissau||Osvaldo Vieira International Airport||Unknown||December 2014|||
|Guinea||Conakry||Conakry International Airport||Unknown||Unknown|||
|Liberia||Monrovia||Roberts International Airport||2012||December 2014|||
|Nigeria||Lagos||Murtala Muhammed International Airport||Unknown||December 2014|||
|Senegal||Dakar||Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport||22 October 2012||December 2014|||
|Sierra Leone||Freetown||Lungi International Airport||2012||December 2014|||
|Spain||Barcelona||Barcelona Airport||28 October 2012||December 2014|||
|United Kingdom||London||Gatwick Airport||24 October 2012||December 2014|||
As of December 2014, the Gambia Bird fleet consisted of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A319-100||2||144||Leased from Germania|
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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.
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Media related to Gambia Bird at Wikimedia Commons