Monday, February 25, 2013

■ GAMBIA: New board appointed for Gambia International Airlines.

Gambia International Airlines logoA new board of directors has been appointed at Gambian national carrier, Gambia International Airlines (GC), following an inauguration ceremony held at the company’s headquarters at the Banjul International Airport last week.

The board consists of:
  • Professor Muhammed M.O. Kah - Chairman - Vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia);
  • Isatou Auber - Permanent secretary, Office of the President;
  • Baboucarr Sanyang - Permanent secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs; Managing Director Gamtel/Gamcel;
  • Abdoulie Jammeh - Director General of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), 
  • Bakary Nyassi - Managing Director of the Gambia International Airlines (GIA); 
  • Omar B. Ceesay - a staff representative to the board.
Source [Gambia Observer]

GIA B737 in Dakar
GIA B737 in Dakar (Phil Cano)
Gambia International Airlines (GIA) is the national carrier of The Gambia and was incorporated on the 23rd January, 1996 following the liquidation of predecessor, Gambia Airways Ltd. The company began its ground operations at Banjul International Airport on the March 1st of the same year.

While under the management of GS Aviation, a European airline operator, Gambia International Airlines incurred a pre-tax loss of USD84 million as a result of its 2007/8 Hajj operations. Subsequent inquests led to the sacking of previous managers and directors.

Since then, the carrier has remained dormant.