After fifteen years of break, a Belgian chartered flight carrying tourists from Belgium on Friday landed at the Banjul International Airport.
The chartered flight Jetairfly Boeing 737 800 00-Jax and passengers on-board, were received at the foot of the aircraft by Abdoulie Hydara, director general of The Gambia Tourism Board; Charbel Hobeika, managing director Gambia Tours; Luc A Verschelden, consultant, Tourism and Hospitality representing TUI; and Pierre LM Sam, Belgian consul to The Gambia, based in Dakar, Senegal.
Speaking shortly after arrival, DG Hydara disclosed that the revitalisation of the Belgian market started in 2015 during the ITB in Berlin, where the Honorable Minister of Tourism and Culture and his team had a meeting with TUI officials.
He said from now on more direct flights are expected from Belgium to The Gambia.
The managing director of Gambia Tours, Hobeika Charbel, reiterated that it was the first chartered flight from Brussels after long years of break. He noted that they will be doing two flights in a week till the end of the season and that the move has marked the beginning of more flights from Belgium.
Luc A Verschelden noted that some years ago the Belgians were coming in full flight and that they are now back as usual and ready to stay.
Adama Njie, director of Marketing, GTBoard, affirmed that as a destination, the revitalisation of the Belgian market is a good one for The Gambia.
He said GTBoard is currently doing some joint marketing with them and the prospect is very good as more chartered flights are expected from Belgium.
by Yunus S. Saliu