African carrier Gambia Bird has suspended all flight operations until further notice, with immediate effect.

The airline has not given a specific reason for the decision although it coincides with indications of unrest in Banjul, the country's capital.

Gambia Bird has been operating for two years but it has experienced network setbacks from the spread of the Ebola virus in western Africa.

The carrier, which uses Airbus A319 jets, has expressed its "sincere regrets" for disrupting the travel plans of customers.

"We will comply with all our obligations and...provide all necessary support services to passengers affected by the flight suspension," it states.

Gambia Bird had broadened its network to include the European destinations of London and Barcelona.

There were reports of gunfire in Banjul on 30 December, says the UK foreign ministry, but precise details of the events "remain unclear". It adds that Banjul airport is "unaffected and operating as normal".

Source: Cirium Dashboard