Oct 30, 2012, 10:35 AM
We once again welcome another airline to the country’s aviation industry - Gambia Bird Limited a new West African carrier based in Banjul, The Gambia.
This is, of course, a most welcomed development in the Gambian airline industry, and a cause of great joy and hope for travellers in the sub-region and beyond.
Gambia Bird yesterday commenced services in the country, and would be connecting more cities such as Banjul, Dakar, Freetown, Accra, Conakry, Monrovia, Barcelona and London; thus hopefully this would end years of limited air travel services between these cities.
The inaugural flight, which took place yesterday, brings a sign of relief for many who see air travelling in the sub-region as a nightmare.
This development will, no doubt, boost trade and commerce within the sub-region.
The coming of the new airline will address challenges of air transport difficulties faced by passengers travelling by air between Banjul and other cities in the sub-region.
While wishing Gambia Bird officials the best of luck, we also encourage them to make the best use of this opportunity.
We also urged them to work hard to ensure its sustainability, as over the years we have been seeing a reasonable number of airlines coming into the country only to disappear, after a short sojourn.
The commencement of the services from Banjul by the airline will improve accessibility, and help the country to develop stronger economic ties and trade relations with its West African neighbours.
Gambia Bird’s arrival on the market is expected to stimulate further travel, ease movement of travellers and goods and provide affordable air travel to communities in the ECOWAS sub-region.
Customers’ satisfaction is one way of retaining and securing more passengers.
In this regard, we urge the new airline to ensure customers’ satisfaction and safety at all times.