Tour operator Gambia Experience relaunches Banjul - London from 22 October
In The Gambia, tourism is the main source of foreign exchange accounting for over 20% of GDP. And it is the United Kingdom that is the leading market for international visitors to the small West African country.
The tour operator Gambia Experience will resume direct flights between The Gambia and the UK from October 22.
In a statement issued on Monday, it said flights from London Gatwick will be operated by British charter airline Titan Airways once a week (Fridays) to Banjul International Airport in The Gambia. A second weekly service is planned from 14 December.
The resumption of services after more than a year's suspension coincides with the recent easing of travel restrictions to 40 UK red-listed destinations. It will help the Gambia's tourism sector, which has been badly affected by the health crisis, to recover. In 2020, The Gambia's tourism sector, with more than 150,000 workers employed, recorded a loss of $184 million, according to an impact assessment by the national statistics office.
"After 18 months of mostly suspended operations, we have many customers who have been waiting for months to travel to see their friends and family or simply enjoy their winter holidays in The Gambia," commented Karen Durham, product manager at Gambia Experience. "We are delighted to be back in the air, and look forward to our customers returning to The Gambia to enjoy all that the smiling coastal city has to offer."
Gambia Experience is the leading tour operator in The Gambia whose parent company is Serenity Holidays Ltd. For over 30 years it has been offering leisure travel to Banjul from 4 UK airports (Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Stansted). It works with the charter companies Titan Airways and Enter Air.