Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was established by
the Government of The Gambia as an autonomous body in July
1991 (under the Public Enterprise Act of 1989) to give effect
to the Chicago Convention and to monitor & regulate the
aviation industry in The Gambia to acceptable International
In addition to its traditional role of regulating and managing
the aviation industry for the facilitation of safe, regular
and efficient air transportation in the Gambia, the GCAA is
also entrusted with the management of Banjul International
Airport (BIA) which includes among other things to ensure
the provision and maintenance of the required infrastructure
and facilities as per user demand.
The Authority took over the functions of the defunct Department
of Civil Aviation of the Gambia and now enjoys the status
of autonomous body like other public enterprises reporting
to the Department
of State for Works, Construction and Infrastructure through
the Authority’s Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors of the Authority is made up of 7 members
consisting of appointed and Ex-officio Directors. The Ex-officio
members of the Board are:
- Permanent Secretary, Department of State for Works, Construction
and Infrastructure, (the line Department of State);
- Permanent Secretary, Department of State for Finance and
Economic Affairs; and
- The Director General of the Authority.
Three of the remaining members are appointed by the President
of the Republic of the Gambia on the recommendation of the
Secretary of State for Works, Construction and Infrastructure
in consultation with the Public Service
Commission. The seventh member of the Board, who serves
as the GCAA Staff Representative, is appointed through a secret
ballot system every two years.
The management of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority is headed
by a Director General who is assisted by a Deputy Director
General and six constituent Directors, each heading a department.