Sierra Leone improves airport transfers services
December 11, 2012
The Government of Sierra Leone has launched the Airport Transfer project whose objective is to provide reliable and efficient airport transfer services for passengers and goods to and from the international airport.
Freetown International Airport is situated on the Lungi Peninsula, 176km from the capital city of Freetown. Due to widespread road infrastructure destruction during the period of civil unrest (1991-1999), travel by road to the airport can take four to seven hours. As a result, passengers have been using alternative means to reach the airport, like ferry, hovercraft, taxi boats and helicopters.
A project co-funded by ICF and the Government of Sierra Leone has rehabilitated jetties, heliport, and terminal facilities to upgrade them to international standards for passenger safety and security. It also established an Airport Transfer Unit to license, monitor and regulate transfer services to and from the airport provided by the private sector.
Commissioning the Airport Transfer Facilities, Sierra Leone’s President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma acknowledged support from the ICF and stated that the Airport Transfer Project is a positive step in rebranding Sierra Leone and creating the fitting climate for the private sector to operate in the country.