Gambia Bird Airlines has suspended commercial flight operations until further notice.

The Gambia carrier, which was among several airlines to suspend flights to and from West Africa in August 2014 after the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, said the move was effective immediately.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the airline said all passengers booked on flights would receive a full refund. It gave no reason for the decision.

It said: “We wish to express our sincere regrets for disrupting the travel plans of those of our esteemed guests who are booked on the suspended flights. We further wish to confirm that we will provide a full refund of all tickets purchased prior to today’s flight suspension.”

All passengers are asked to contact their travel agency for further advice and information or contact Gambia Bird Airlines’ customer relations at or call 01293 822922.

The statement added: “Gambia Bird Airlines would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued confidence in our services, and our staff for their passion and dedication. In addition, we would like to express our honest and sincere apologies for any inconvenience and reaffirm our commitment given to passengers, personnel, partners and authorities.”

The airline announced in October it was resuming services from London to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in West Africa.