February 23, 2017 By Victoria Naomi Saffa
General Manager of the Sierra Leone Airport Authority has disclosed to Concord Times that the number of air passengers who crossed through the Lungi International Airport last year increased from one hundred and one thousand(101,000) in 2015 to over two hundred and forty eight thousand (248) in 2016.
According to Idriss Nabieu Fofanah ,last year was the best ever for them since 2013 when the facility recorded over two hundred and thirty two thousand passengers, adding that the slump in passengers for the other years was due to the Ebola outbreak.
Fofanah continued that the new boom could be attributed to the increase in economic activities mainly in the tourism, mining and trade sector, noting that more passengers were expecting to arrive into the country this year.
He said they were currently positioning themselves to meet more international standards, as they wanted all passengers using the airport to travel in comfort and enjoy their stay while waiting at the facility.
He continued that the peak period for the arrival of passengers at the airport was usually between November and January when most Sierra Leoneans and their families in the Diaspora pay visit to the country.
According to the GM, there were currently six airlines operating in the country, with more expected to arrive this year, adding that some of the airlines that went out of operation due to the Ebola were now planning to return.