& chartered flights to Banjul, West Africa, are approximately
6 hours from London and other EU airports and you are unlikely
to get jet lag as Banjul time is GMT. A good time to fly is
during the tourist season which runs from October - April
when a lot of tour operators & travel agents have bulk
booked seat allocations with the charter airlines and the
weather is much more tolerable.
standard airline connections from the UK are charter airlines
with all year direct & regular departures from the airports
of London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and
during the tourist season includes Stansted,
(Nottingham) East Midlands and Glasgow. The busiest time for
most international charter flights to The Gambia from the
UK operate over the winter holiday season in the months -
November, December, January, February, March and April's spring
break - so this is the best time to buy an Economy Class cheap
deal for your flight.
The majority of European countries have direct flights to
1 or 2 West African airports, Dakar being the best choice,
which can be used to make an onward transit connection to
Banjul (Yundum) Airport. You can board from Amsterdam, Barcelona,
Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen or Brussels airports.
Flying from the US
usually involves scheduled airlines which often connect with
the flights from Spain or Brussels. Another possibility, is
to fly to Dakar in Senegal and then catching an Air Senegal
south to Banjul.
On some charter flights all seats will have been pre-booked
by the same tour company, therefore the prices of fares for
these flights tend to be more costly than from other airports
where there is more competition. Sometimes you get the best
deal for Gambia by making a ticket reservation directly from
the airline, and at other times the lowest prices can be found
through an online travel agency.
From BJL > Outbound
Banjul Airport Tax:
An airport tax is normally included in the cost
of your air ticket for scheduled or charter.
Airlines flying to Gambia from the UK are Monarch,
Brussels Airlines, Thomas Cook, Royal Air Maroc,
Condor, Gambia Bird Airlines, Thomson Airlines,
Arik, Air Europa and Vueling.
Tour operators uses Brussels airlines 4 weekly connections
from Copenhagen and Oslo via Belgium. From Norway
you can now connect from 11 destinations in Norway.
North American Airlines (ceased operations).
See also airport
for flight schedules to and from Banjul International
Airport at Yundum.
Carbon Offset Schemes:
Over the past decade climate change has hit the
headlines in a big way and increasing numbers of
tourist are concerned about off-setting their carbon
emissions from their return flights and to be more
The way such schemes work is that you contribute
a relatively small sum of money which is invested
into schemes uses to for example plant trees or
promote greater energy efficiency.
It has become increasingly difficult to work out
which company is actually selling you your trip
due to the various horizontal and vertical alliances,
takeovers and mergers over the years. Consumer choice
has been reduced for traveller's particularly in
Europe as independent travel agents have been marginalised.
[The above information should
not be relied upon to make any travel decisions. Seek advice
from your travel agent, tour operator or the carrier concerned].