The Acting Deputy General Manager Freetown International Airport Emile Rogers has called on pupils of the Tower Hill Kindergarten and Primary School to prioritize the Freetown International Airport as valuable national monument that makes major contributions to the local, state and national economies.
He made this statement during a field trip organized by the management of the Tower Hill Kindergarten and Primary School to get first hand information on the operations of the Airport.
This could be the first opportunity for most of these pupils to get a feel of the Freetown International Airport and its facilities. According to one of the heads of Department at the Tower Hill Kindergarten and Primary School Sheku Turay, field trip is part of the school’s assessment for the class six pupils and also gives opportunity to pupils to have more knowledge on important things within their environment and the country.
The Acting Deputy General Manager Freetown International Airport Emile Rogers says Freetown International Airport serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel to and from Sierra Leone. He adds that the airport is operated by the Sierra Leone Airports Authority prior to its use as a civilian airport; it was a British Royal Air Force base.
He says the Freetown international Airport is operating in conformity with international standards and therefore visitors coming in and out the airport have to go through rigorous security checks.
The Acting Deputy General Manger says the management always welcomes pupils from different schools to the airport to learn how the airport is operating which will help them in their studies and for future career.
He highlights some of benefits of the airport to the community and the country which include creation of employment opportunities, foreign exchange earnings, a boost for the local production of the goods and services consumed by the tourists, generating more tax revenue for the State and many more.
He calls on the pupils to handle the airport as the national monument that is contributing greatly to the national economy.
Taking the pupils on a conducted tour of some of the facilities of the airport which include the arrivals and departure, immigration,VIP Lounge and business centre the Public relations Officer Betty Bassey, says the safety, security and comfort is the utmost concern of the management of the airport. She adds that the facilities at the Freetown International Airport meet international standards citing some of the importance of the facilities to social and economic development.
Mrs Bassey calls on the pupils to consider airport job as one of the reputable jobs both national and international as it enhances regional and tourism development.