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No cause for alarm on bird strike- DG Hydara

Oct 25, 2019, 1:36 PM | Article By: Yunus S Saliu

(Wednesday 23rd October 2019 Issue)

The Director General of the Gambia Tourism Board said there is no cause for alarm as far as the issue of bird strike is concern in the destination.

Speaking to members of travel and tour writers at the airport on Monday, Abdoulie Hydara said “there is currently a standing order task force on bird strike issue from the highest level - office of the president, chairing by the British High Commissioner.”

This is to let everyone know the importance authorities attach to the issue of bird strikes. He added that giant strides are already made and “we are working with all the municipalities and all concerned ministries, NEA and also all relevant stakeholders having responsibilities in the management of the bird strike issue.”

DG Hydara further added that a lot of improvements were already made within the airport and surrounding as they are fully aware of the dangers of bird strike because “bird strike could even worse than the collapse of the Thomas Cook so we are leaving no stone untouched,” he reassured.

However, bird strike becomes a very big issue during last winter tourism season. It almost cause havoc due to the frequent flying of birds that were scavenging for food at the dumping site, though far away from the airport, but within its environment.