majority of charter flights from London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
to Banjul International Airport (BJL) in Yundum fly to The Gambia
mainly in the autumn and winter months of the tourist season which
runs from October, November, December and through January to May.
There are various chartered flights provided by several international
airlines, among them are Titan Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines,
Small Planet Airlines (under Gambia Experience). These flight
operators use the South and North terminals.
are also summer flights to Banjul Airport (Yundum) which are operated
by Titan Airways (direct) and Royal Air Maroc. An alternative
is Brussels Airlines which departs from Heathrow Airport.
Charter Flight Operators:
the high holiday season between mid-October to May, Thomas Cook
Airlines fly out of the UK from London Gatwick, Birmingham and
Manchester non-stop to Banjul. You can book a return air ticket
or a one-way ticket in a choice on Economy Class, Economy Plus
and Premium Class. The lowest priced one-way tickets are usually
available each January and February. Thomas Cook Airlines is a
partner of Condor Airlines.
company charters twice weekly flights to Banjul during the winter
and summer. Additionally, during the winter, it provides twice
weekly flights from Manchester and Birmingham. They have a dedicated
check-in desk for faster check-in times and convenience. Furthermore
you can buy a flights only deal - one-way or return. The Gambia
Experience can offer holiday insurance policies at zero excess
(except Personal Liability).
The legroom in economy class is larger compared to other airlines
flying to Banjul, and seats are pre-allocated at no extra cost.
Furthermore, at the front of the aircraft, they offer an upgraded:
Star Plus and Star Class giving you some extras both on-board
and at the airport, including an increased luggage allowance (10kg
hand baggage and 30kg hold baggage - 40kg for Star Plus travellers).
Summer flights offer more space and exit seats while winter flights
departing from Birmingham and Manchester provide more legroom
and exit seats, all available at extra cost.
You will fly in a modern A320 aircraft. There are a restricted
seat numbers in the separate front cabin with a 30kg to 40kg luggage
allowance, toilet, upgraded meals and free drinks service. The
passenger seats are in a 2-2 layout.
The B767 aircraft offers all the services above, however it is
a one cabin airliner so Star seats are alloted at the forward
of the cabin. With its 2-3-2 configuration, passengers have the
option of either aisle / window seating or 3 seats between 2 in
the middle of the cabin.
The Gambia Experience is the largest package tour operator to
The Gambia and maintains its own resort office located inside
the Senegambia Beach Hotel, and is staffed by a sizeable, experienced
As an upgrade passengers have access to the air-conditioned First
Class Lounge in Banjul Airport for passengers flying to Birmingham,
Manchester, and to Gatwick (included for Star Plus / Star Class
Children under 12 get an airfare discount while infants under
2 can fly at a reduced fare but don't get a seat and are only
allowed a smaller baggage allowance than adults.
Alternative Flight Routes:
There are a number of airlines offering direct and indirect flights
from London to Dakar in Senegal. From Dakar you can board the
airport's air shuttle service operated by Senegal's national carrier,
Senegal Airlines, for the around 30 minute trip. [In 2018 these
carriers are TAP Air Portugal, Tunisair, TUI Binter Canarias,
Air France + Vueling Airlines.]
Cost Cutting Tip:
Generally, the earlier you book your ticket the lower the airfare.
If you are a travelling from the United Kingdom and are searching
for a summer flight (low season) to Banjul then the cheapest option
might be to consider flying via a transit route to Barcelona or
Madrid or with a low-cost airline as opposed to a direct flight
from London Gatwick.
When flying to Banjul (duration about 5 hours 45 minutes) most
of the check-in areas are on the second floor of the south terminal
(check your ticket). To find your check-in zone, look up your
airline on the information screens near the entrance. Check-in
zones are clearly indicated by illuminated boxes. For checking-in
times read your check your ticket or contact your airline for
[The above information should not be relied upon to make any travel
decisions. Seek advice from your travel agent, tour operator or
your choice of air carrier].