October 10, 2019
The Minister of Transport and Aviation has welcomed Air Cote D’Ivoire as they resumed flight service to and from Sierra Leone.
There was jubilation on Tuesday October 1, 2019, when the Boeing with its very familiar stripes of green, orange and white touched down in Lungi.
It could be recalled that on January 8, 2018, the airline suspended its flights to Freetown, following the closure of its Sierra Leone office earlier in December 2017 after an incorrect court ruling that did not respect the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) conventions and regulations on baggage compensations.
The vacuum created by the suspension of Air Cote d’Ivoire posed a lot of challenges to the traveling population making it very difficult to travel to Abidjan and other destinations in Africa.
In his statement, Deputy Minister of Transport, Sadiq Silla, assured the management of Air Cote D’Ivoire that the government will not allowed disrespect of any industrial law in the industry.
He thanked the President and Government of Cote d’Ivoire, adding that both President Julius Maada Bio and Alassane Dramane Ouattara have a clear sight vision of the Mano River union and would therefore continue to work hard to promote the already strong and existing relation that exist between member countries of the sub-region.
On his part, Regional Manager of Air Cote D’Ivoire, Herve Abou said Air Cote d’Ivoire was extremely pleased to be back in Freetown.
“Air Cote D’Ivoire is pleased to resume with a bang. I am sure having a five-day weekly operation from Lungi International Airport will be warmly appreciated by the traveling population in Sierra Leone,” he said.
He commended President Bio, the transport ministry, management at the Sierra Lone Airport Authority for their role in making the resumption of flight a success.
He also praised the Deputy Minister of Finance, Patricia Laverly for having relentlessly pushed for Air Cote D’Ivoire to return operation back to Sierra Leone.
Air Cote D’Ivoire resumes in Freetown with a new office on Siaka Stevens Street and Stephane Koffi serving as Country Manager.