Gambia: Company Profile of Gambia Civil Aviation Authority
Gambia Civil Aviation Authority

Gambia Civil Aviation Authority

Sector: Transport

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The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority is mandated by government of The Republic of The Gambia to regulate the air transport industry in the country and at the same time operates and manages Banjul International Airport.

The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was established as an autonomous body in July, 1991 (under the Public Enterprise Act of 1989) to give effect to the Chicago Convention and to monitor and regulate the aviation industry in the Gambia to accepted international standards. In addition to this traditional role, the GCAA is also entrusted with the management of Banjul International Airport which includes among other things to ensure the provision and maintenance of the required infrastructure and facilities as per user demand.

Prior to the creation of the Authority the regulation of air transportation and the operation of Banjul International Airport, formerly Yundum Airport, were vested in the Department of Civil Aviation under the then Ministry of Works and Communications. It was this department that evolved into the present day GCAA.

Following an ICAO report on the establishment of The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, prepared by Mr. Allan Macleod, ICAO Consultant, in November, 1990 and after due studies and consultations, the Government of The Gambia promulgated in early 1991 an Order entitled The Civil Aviation (Incorporation) Order, 1991 in accordance with the provisions of the Public Enterprises Act, 1989.  The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority was created to operate Banjul International Airport, regulate and manage Air Transport and the Navigation  Route facilities for the safety, regularity and efficiency of air transportation in The Gambia.

The Authority took over the functions of the defunct Department of Civil Aviation of The Gambia, enjoys the status of an autonomous body like other public enterprises and is accountable to governement of The Gambia through the Board of Directors.

. Past Achievements/Milestones

  • ICAO / TSA Certified
  • Last point of departure to the United States
  • Infrastructural developements – roads, apron expansión
  • New terminal building refurbishment
  • Navigational aids
  • Improved airport lighting on both airside and land side
  • Human resource development
  • Modern check in counters
  • Security compliance - Ultra modern security screening x-ray machines
  • Advance flight safety standards
  • Member and Secretariat to regional organization in the name Banjul Accord Group
  • Signed and initialled bilateral air service agreements with various countries
  • Increase in passenger throughput
  • Creation of a consumer protection unit.

Current projects:

  • Airport  certification
  • Airport Improvement Project Phase II

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  • Expansión of airport apron parking
  • Construction of two taxiways for rapid exit to the runway
  • Buidling of a High-Tech-Fire and Rescue Service Station
  • Refurbishment of Air Traffic Control Tower
  • Modern Instrument Lighting System
  • Airfield Ground Lighting
  • Aetropolis (Airport City)
  • Expansión of checking-in area

As aviation is an international business, Gambia Civil Aviation Authority fits in the global market. The activities of Banjul International Airport is dependent on the movement of passengers and cargo to/from different destinations in the world. Gambia Civil Aviation Authority operates beyond The Gambia on a daily basis and continues to create and open up partnerships with aviation stakeholders in the world.   A key factor in our aims and objectives is to develop Banjul International Airport as a hub and  be subsequently used by a large segment of international travellers.