Major upgrade for Gambia's airport



The Gambia has embarked on a major upgrade of its international airport, in Banjul. The West African nation, dubbed The Smiling Coast of Africa, has a vibrant tourism industry and receives tens of thousands of British holiday makers, each year.


The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says the project, which involves an exhaustive overhaul of the Terminal Building, including the expansion of the structure and provision of more services, will cost in excess of $14 million.


The works will include renovations to the ceiling, floors and expansion of both the arrival and departure areas. The project will:


· Double the number of check-in counters

· Provide modern x-ray machines

· Provide an improved cooling system

· Bring in new conveyor belts

· Provide modern restaurants at both the CIP & VIP lounges

· Improve access to duty free shopping

· Create more office space for airlines.


The expansion and improvements will enable Banjul International Airport to handle more flights, especially during the winter tourist season, when charter flights as well as scheduled flights arrive and take off relatively close to each other. The project is expected to be completed in mid- 2020.


The improvements will enable the airport to handle an increase in the number of passengers which will benefit the country’s important tourism industry.


The contract was awarded to Senegalese-based AREZKI, which together with a Spanish company Isolux Corsan, built the recently completed $65 million Senegambia Bridge.


Source:

Gambia Tourism Board - UK

Gambia Tourism Board

57 Kensington Court

London W8 5DG

Contact: Mr. Malick Jeng, Tel : 07 535 476 494

E-mail: mjeng@gtboard.gm