of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority have debunked claims made by passengers
who talked to The Point about the condition of a carousel machine at the
A conducted tour of all the carousels by this reporter accompanied by the public relations manager of GCAA and team of engineers on Thursday morning at the Banjul International Airport terminal confirmed the perfect and good condition of all the carousels.
In a brief interview, Lamin Dibba, the public relations manager of Gambia Civil Aviation Authority explained that there was operating procedures in airports as a ‘demand to use two carousels (at same time) is to be dictated by the passenger figures expected to be processed per flight.’ For better understanding, using two carousels at a go for a processed flight which does not demand it will complicate activities and will confuse passengers.”
To avoid getting passengers confused, he said: “that is why usage of carousel is highly dictated by the passengers figure process as they (passengers) are coming.” He explained that if a carousel or other facilities are lying redundant while others are working; it is not an indication that such facilities are not working.
Mr. Dibba further stated that any concerned passenger that might witness such a facility not operating at a moment should take time to make an inquiry, as necessary information on such facility will be given.
He disclosed that management is always around at the airport to see the operations on ground. “We verify what staffs on ground are doing and hear what they have to say to us (management).”
To enhance check and balance mechanism, “the carousel is operated by two departments – the engineering and operational departments and their different logs did not show malfunction of any carousel.”