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Authorities hope to restore Airport operations within 48 hours


The Banjul International Airport closed for business after a Polish aircraft broke down on the runway on Tuesday.

Due to the problem, all flights bound for The Gambia have been either diverted to Dakar or were cancelled.

Airport sources said Enter Air flight bound for the U.K. had its tyres busted on the runway just before take-off, forcing the authorities to shut down the runway.

At an emergency press conference on Wednesday, presidential adviser Mai Fatty told journalists that the problem is expected to be solved and Airport will be open for business within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the authorities have spoken of efforts to find a lasting solution to the problem of bird ingestion into flight engines at the Airport.

There will be a major cleansing exercise at the Airport on Saturday, said the authorities.

The Polish airline which commenced its inaugural flight in 2010, operates holiday and charter flights out of Poland and other European airports.

The company’s Boeing 737 aircraft flies to Banjul from Gatwick from May to October, according to Gambia Experience.

Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers have been stranded in Dakar due to the diversion.

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