Start-up African airline Gambia Bird has launched its initial flight operations.

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Start-up African airline Gambia Bird has launched its initial flight operations.

Among the most talked about routes is the carrier’s service between London’s Gatwick airport and the firm’s bases in Gambia and Sierra Leone. Return service to Freetown will operate once weekly on Saturdays, whilst flights to Banjul will operate once weekly on Wednesdays.

All of the airline’s flights will utilise Airbus A319 aircraft. Additional routes from the two bases include Barcelona, Lagos, Freetown, Dakar, Accra and Monrovia. Passengers can choose between economy and business class and carrier is celebrating its launch with a 10 per cent off sale via the firm’s website.

Owned by Berlin-based Germania, Gambia Bird is also amid negotiations with Brussels Airlines for the prospect of a codeshare agreement, according to Gambia Bird chief commercial officer Karsten Balke.

The news comes as budget carriers are beginning to mushroom on the African continent, as investors seek to target the region’s growing middle class. Soon to launch is FastJet, backed by EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou; the airline is slated to serve Kenya, Angola, Ghana and Tanzania.

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