Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Banjul
Turkish Airlines commenced operations to The Gambia on 26 November, launching a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service to Banjul, with the route operating via the airline’s existing service to Dakar. To open the new route, a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the African airport. Among those taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony was Kerem Sarp, SVP Sales, Turkish Airlines (fifth right). Flights to Banjul will be operated using 737 MAX 8s.
- Turkish Airlines launched flights to The Gambia on 26 November, beginning a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service between Istanbul Atatürk (IST) and Banjul (BJL), a route that will operate via the airline’s existing Dakar operation on the outbound leg, with return flights on the 5,441-kilometre link back to Turkey operating non-stop. It should be noted that the carrier does not have the rights to sell tickets between Dakar and Banjul according to its booking engine. No other airline presently links Banjul with the Turkish hub, with the Star Alliance member scheduled to use its new 737 MAX 8s on its new link to The Gambia. With this launch, Turkish Airlines now operates to 54 destinations in Africa based on OAG schedules for November.