Gambia released new details of an arrangement to renovate its worn down airport as neighbor Senegal prepares to open a state of the art airport two hours from its northern border.
Banjul International Airport would get a new air conditioning system, conveyor belts, new hallways, better restrooms, new furniture, an additional floor, new check-in counters and new signboards.
It will also have new offices, have cladding work done on the exterior and sidewalks, and a secondary power source.
Gambia secured the $19 million dollars (D760 million dalasis) from the Saudi Fund for Development as a loan with an interest rate of 1% over three decades.
Banjul International Airport, the only in the country reportedly has leaking roofs and deplorable conditions, making the renovations paramount.
The Gambia is seeking to increase its air transport service and attract more direct flights from Europe and America.
Tens of thousands of Gambia drive to Senegal’s Leopold Sedat Senghore Airport to fly to their destinations, a situation that many have urged the new administration to address.
The six-hour drive to Dakar from Banjul is worth it for the travelers because aside from direct flights, tickets are much cheaper.