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Gambia International Airlines is the national
carrier airline of Gambia, based
in Banjul. It operates largely
regional passenger services in West Africa.
The airline was established on 23 January 1996 and started
operations on 1 March 1996. It started off as a ground handling
company at Banjul International
Airport, but has since expanded into flight operations. On 1
December 2000 the first flight took off in co-operation with Air Namibia. It is
owned by the Government of Gambia (99%) and Gambia
Telecommunications Company (1%).
"Gambia International Airlines recorded a pre-tax profit of D1.3
million in 2003, but was forced to suspend sub-regional flight
operations in April, 2004 due to operational problems. To restart
flight operations in the sub-region, GIA is negotiating to lease a
Boeing aircraft and aims to sign a final contract shortly" (extract
from Government of Gambia Budget Speech 2005).
As of February 2007, it appears that the airlines does not have
scheduled service to any destinations. The airlines announced that
service to London - Gatwick was suspended. Also, it appears
that former GIA planes are now being used by Futura International
Previous destinations served included (as of January 2005): Dakar, Freetown, Lagos and London-Gatwick.