Air France has resumed operations in Sierra Leone after almost a year break due to the Ebola outbreak in the country. The Minister of Information and the Ambassador to France were among passengers on board as a show of commitment that Sierra Leone is recovering from the Ebola scourge.
The resumption of Air France operation in Sierra Leone will send signal to other investors that Sierra Leone is now safe for investors hence contributing to the country’s economy.
Acting General Manager Sierra Leone Airport Authority Sheik Allieu Swarray-Deen expressed delight for receiving the first passengers’ flight, after they suspended operations about one year ago. He said the Aviation and other business activities at the Airport were hard hit due to the break, and of six flights including air France suspended their operations.
The Acting General Manager said Air France is the second flight that has resumed operations after Kenya Airways, which shows that the Aviation industry is regaining its normalcy in the country. He expressed the hope that more flights will resume activities in the country.
The Country Manager Air France Henry Ledoux said the management of Air France is proud to resume operations in Sierra Leone. He said Air France and the Sierra Leone Airport Authority has strong relationship which they hope to continue. He added that air France will be operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to France Ibrahim Sorie said the resumption of air France is another mile stone in the air transport sector in the country especially when the Ebola disease is subsiding. He added that the resumption has brought confidence in the country and will provide job opportunities.
Minster of Information and Communications Alhaji Alpha Khan said the resumption of Air France means that the Ebola fight is almost at its end in the country. He called on other Airlines to resume their operations noting that Sierra Leone is now safe from Ebola.