Gambia’s new national carrier, Fly Mid Africa, has started operating flights to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, ending a three-year break in direct link between the two countries.
The last direct flight between Banjul and Freetown was on August 15, 2014 at the height of the Ebola epidemic.
According to a report in Business Daily, the new carrier’s goal is to connect the West and Central Africa regions. Fly Mid Africa management says it will initially serve six West African destinations, namely Banjul (the capital of The Gambia), Freetown, Dakar in Senegal, Accra in Ghana, Lagos in Nigeria, and Monrovia in Liberia. Peacock Aviation and Allied Services, an aviation and travels conglomerate, will facilitate ticket sales.
The venture is Gambia’s latest attempt at flight operation, after several past failures, including the Gambian Bird, which ceased operation in 2014, less than three years after inauguration.
Moves down south
FlySafair will launch new routes in South Africa – notably between Durban’s King Shaka Airport and East London on the east coast of the county, as well as a new Durban to Port Elizabeth route. The first flights will only depart on November 27 but tickets are already on sale on the airline’s website.
The launch of new routes comes in response to survey data conducted earlier this year. TourismUpdate.co.za say the survey included the Durban-East London and Durban-Port Elizabeth options along with Nelspruit-Cape Town, Durban-George, Cape Town-Bloemfontein, Lanseria-Bloemfontein and Lanseria-Cape Town.
Meanwhile Low-cost carrier, Flyafrica Zimbabwe, will also re-launch operations before the end of this month (June, 2017). The airline says it will first start daily return flights from Harare to Bulawayo to Victoria Falls.
The airline also plans to launch daily return flights from Harare to Johannesburg and thrice- weekly return flights from Bulawayo to Johannesburg once its Foreign Operators Permit is renewed in mid-July. Flights to Gaborone and Lusaka might follow.
Spreading their wings even wider, one of the fastest-growing airline companies in the industry and the operator of the largest fleet on the African continent, Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has expanded its codeshare agreement with Singapore Airlines from 1 June to launch daily non-stop flights between Addis Ababa and Singapore.
This means Ethiopian’s passengers are now able to access destinations in Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. In turn, Singapore Airlines passengers now have access to Ethiopian’s large intra-African network including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.