There are over 10 seasonal chartered and scheduled flights to
Banjul Airport (BJL) from several UK and EU airports. The flight
duration from Western Europe is about 6 hours. Travellers can
choose to buy flight only or flight and hotel accommodation which
could be done independently or via a package holiday tour operator.
Gambia's tourist season starts around mid-October and ends in
May, though you can still find some scheduled chartered tourist
flights up to the end of June. Some airlines fly throughout the
summer months such as Brussels Airlines and The Gambia Experience
which regularly partners with reputable carriers to offer flights
in the months of June, July, August and September.
Airfares to Banjul (Yundum) are at their costliest during Christmas
and the New Year, with somewhat lower airfares during the Easter
holidays. The lowest prices could be had between June to mid-October,
which coincides with the
humid rainy season.
of holidaymakers or short-term visitors from Europe and the USA
come to The Gambia on charter flights, which are generally cheaper
than the scheduled airlines. However they have set departure and
return dates and cancellation penalties could be pricey.
you are intending on travelling independently for the duration
of your trip, you may find it more cost-effective, as well as
less hassle, to buy a low-cost package from a tour operator. Date
flexibility on your part can help you get a package for less than
the cost of a flight only package to Banjul International.
Flights from UK:
The simplest way to get to The Gambia is by tourist charter flight.
There are frequent direct services to Banjul International Airport
from London Gatwick (LGW) and some from Heathrow. During the tourist
season there are charter flights from Birmingham and Manchester.
Do try to look out for special promotions which are occasionally
offered to fill empty seats during the tail end of the holiday
season and the summer months. Some of the carriers departing from
UK airports are Thomas Cook Airlines,
Small Planet Airlines, Royal
Air Maroc and Titan Airways.
Flights from EU:
There are available direct chartered flights to Banjul International
Airport from Amsterdam-Schiphol Barcelona, Copenhagen, Madrid,
Oslo and Stockholm-Arlanda. Most direct scheduled flights are
from Brussels; one could fly to Brussels Zaventem Airport and
make your connecting journey to The Gambia.
It may be worthwhile looking into scheduled routes that go through
other West African countries that sometimes involve a stopover.
For example there are many choices for travelling to Banjul via
Ghana, Nigeria or Senegal if you are commencing your journey from
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, France or Switzerland.
The majority of European cities offer direct flights to at least
one West African airport which go to Banjul.
Dakar airport (Leopold Sedar Senghor International) is the closest
international airport to Banjul and is a travel hub to over 20
inbound and outbound cargo and passenger airlines. Among these
are Lufthansa, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air
France (partners) as well as the domestic Senegal Airlines.
If you are coming from Ireland you could fly to Gatwick, Manchester
or Birmingham then take a charter to Banjul or use a scheduled
flight via one of the West African countries.
Flights from USA / Canada:
If you are coming to Banjul from North America you should consider
going by charter on a discounted transatlantic air ticket to London.
You might also consider going to The Gambia via Brussels or Amsterdam
for example and then onto Banjul; sometimes there is a short stopover
in Dakar. If you want to expand your options of European departure
points then consider flights going to other West African destinations
en-route onto Banjul.
Online Flight Reservations:
There are numerous discount travel
and airlines that offer you the chance to reserve your airline
ticket online. Good deals can sometimes be had via airlines',
budget or flight auction
Carbon Offset Schemes:
The way such schemes work is that you contribute a reasonable
small amount of money which is invested into schemes which for
example encourage better energy efficiency or tree planting projects.
It has become increasingly complicated to figure out which travel
firm is the one selling you a holiday due to the various vertical
and horizontal and takeovers, alliances, and mergers over the
years. Options for consumers has been reduced, particularly for
travellers from Europe, as independent travel agents have been
squeezed within the travel market.
[The information above should not be relied upon to make any travel
decisions. You should get flight advice for The Gambia from your
tour operator, travel agent or air carrier.]
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