Feb 13, 2013, 10:41 AM
Experience, one of the most regular flights to Destination Gambia, Friday
landed at the Banjul International Airport with one hundred and ninety-six
English tourists onboard.
The maiden flight landed at around 14:15 local time for the 2019 winter tourism season which started earlier this October.
Taking its position as one of the leading and regular flights to Destination Gambia that operates all year round, the UK tour operator acted quickly to secure additional flying between the UK and Banjul this winter season, to support Gambian tourism following the collapse of Thomas Cook UK.
This winter, Gambia Experience will operate three weekly flights between Gatwick and Banjul, with a new Monday departure adding to its Tuesday and Friday flights as they add Manchester and Birmingham flights.
Receiving the airbus A 320 G-ZAPX that flew direct from Gatwick to the Banjul International Airport, were officials of Gambia Tourism Board, Discovery Tours and Gambia Experience.
Adama Njie, Gambia Tourism Board Director of Marketing commended Gambia Experience and its agent, Discovery Tours for its frequency to the destination as they would be conducting five flights weekly.
He explained that with the collapse of Thomas Cook UK, Gambia Experience has added Manchester and Birmingham flights chartering a Boeing 737 aircraft. “Monday Manchester departures will operate from December 16th to April 27th and Wednesday Birmingham flights from December 18th until April 22nd with economy flying including exit seat upgrades,” he said.
Oumie Sise, manager of Discovery Tours and agent of Gambia Experience saidthe collapse of Thomas Cook UK would bring significant reduction in terms of number of arrivals. “But it is now time to move on and learn from the situation to better the destination and its products,” she said.
She encouraged stakeholders not to compromise the quality that distinguished The Gambia from other destinations, saying as more tourists are needed to visit the destination, there is need to encourage increased number of visitors from the region because regional tourism is quite important to The Gambia.