Monday, September 3, 2012

► LIBERIA: British Airways to resume Monrovia flights by the end of October?

British Airways
Press reports out of Liberia state that British Airways (BA) is to resume flights to Monrovia, Liberia by the end of October, following the recent visit to the country by BA's  Regional Service Manager for sub-Sahara Africa, Rob Cooper.
"The press release from the Ministry of Transport said Mr. Cooper is in the country to explore possibilities for the airways to recommence flights to Liberia. Mr. Cooper said the level of peace in Liberia makes it an ideal moment for British Airways to do business here again. Deputy Minister J. Ebenezer Kolliegbo told Mr. Cooper that the decision
demonstrates growing confidence of the international business community under the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government."

Monrovia Robert's International Airport, Liberia
Monrovia Robert's International (GTrodden)
As the country's economy continues to stabilize after two successive civil wars left the Liberian economy in tatters, so its aviation sector has also begun to recover. American carrier Delta Airlines (DL) in June, successfully making a landmark landing using a new design of an RNAV GPS (a form of area navigation done using a GPS) approach into Monrovia's Roberts International Airport, a measure which is set to improve the safety of passengers and reliability of aircraft operations into the West African city, and will consequently, pave the way for more international carriers to service the route.

Further improvements to the country's aviation infrastructure are planned under a doctrine entitled "The National Airport Master Plan".

[The Tribune thanks Cecil Darby for his tip.]