After a fifteen-year absence, Jetair Flight, a Belgian chartered flight carrying tourists from Belgium, landed at the Banjul International Airport, at the weekend.
The Boeing 737 800 00-Jax and passengers on board were received at the foot of the airbus by officials of The Gambia Tourism Board, headed by Abdoulie Hydara, the director general of GTBoard, Charbel Hobeika, managing director of Gambia Tours, Luc A Verschelden, a tourism and hospitality consultant, and Pierre LM Sam, consular of the Kingdom of Belgium to The Gambia.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the arrival of the flight, Abdoulie Hydara said the revitalisation of the Belgian market started in 2015 during the ITB Berlin Convention last year which was attended by the minister of Tourism and Culture. He further noted that henceforth, more direct flights from Belgium to The Gambia are expected.
Hobeika Charbel for his part reiterated that it was the first chartered flight from Brussels to the Destination after several years of absence. He disclosed that this will mark the beginning of more flights to Destination Gambia with two flights expected in Banjul on a weekly basis throughout the course of the new season.
Luc A Verschelden expressed similar sentiments, while Adama Njie, the director of marketing, GTBoard, affirmed that as a destination, the revitalisation of the Belgium market is a good one for The Gambia. He said GTBoard is currently engaged in joint markets with the Belgians and the prospect is very good. He added that more chartered flights are expected from Belgium.
by Yunus S. Saliu