Scheduled & 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.
The 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.
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
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 responsible travellers.
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].