Gambia Bird announced (18-Oct-2012) plans to commence operations on 22-Oct-2012. The airline plans to launch service from Banjul Yundum International Airport to Accra, Monrovia, Dakar, Freetown, Conakry, London and Barcelona. The carrier also plans to commence Banjul-Lagos service at a later date. The airline expects to receive its second A319 in Dec-2012. Gambia Bird CCO Karsten Balke said, "We utilise a lean structure that outsources specialist support functions, such as technical and engineering, to expert providers and this enables us to get on with what we do best – running an airline. Market intelligence told us that economically the West African region is poised to grow at a phenomenal rate over the coming years and, whilst we acknowledge there are significant challenges within the region’s infrastructure to overcome, it is these very challenges that provide the springboard for a successful airline." [more - original PR]
Gambia Bird to commence operations on 22-Oct-2012
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