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BANJULNew African airline startup FlyWestaf is gearing up to launch operations in May 2021. Banjul-based Gambian operator is in talks with potential investors for $20 million launch capital. 

Once the funding is secured, the startup will apply for an air operator’s certificate (AOC) from The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority.

FlyWestaf is planning to operate five leased De Havilland Dash-8 Q400s between the airports of West Africa. The airline's proposed network includes Bamako (Mali); Dakar (Senegal); Bissau (Guinea Bissau); Conakry (Guinea); Freetown (Sierra Leone); Monrovia (Liberia); Abidjan (Ivory Coast); and Praia (Cape Verde).

Talks are also underway with DHL for combined passenger and freight operations to mitigate the revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because of the coronavirus, we are now in a very good position; we’re not in debt, the costs of acquiring aircraft have reduced significantly as there are a lot more on the market, and the competition is in a very difficult position. In a few months’ time, when we have our airline up and running, the aviation market will have started recovering and the regional market will be quicker to pick up,” 

co-founder and managing director, Richard Powell said.

FlyWestaf plans to expand its route network with charters to London and feeding air links to southern Africa Towards the end of 2022.


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