Gambia: Neos Air Makes Maiden Flight to Banjul

Neos Air, the latest airline to join the airlines plying The Gambia Wednesday evening made its maiden landing at the Banjul International Airport.

The aircraft Boeing 737-800 with 184-seat which directly flew from Milan, Italy, to Banjul, carried on board top officials of the airline, two Italian tour operators, Alpitour and I Viaggi di Atlantide respectively, and some other Italian entrepreneurs among other officials.

Neos is owned by Alpitour S.P.A, a major tour operator in Italy with a good record in the Africa market. The airline has been flying destinations like Senegal and Kenya over the years and is now convinced that the Gambia could be a valid new destination in Africa since Italians love to spend their holidays in African countries like The Gambia.

Receiving the flight, Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, the minister of Tourism and Culture, welcomed the management of the Neos Air and its shareholders to Banjul. She said the airline will operate weekly flights that will fly-in from Milan to The Gambia on a regular basis from now till April 2013. "Neos Air will fly directly from Milan via Dakar - Banjul," she added.

Minister Jobe-Njie said this is a good initiative that is important for the development of The Gambia, given the fact that the country is a tourist destination and business centre. She also assured them of government and her Ministry's support at all times.

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