April 16, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
A new passenger ferry called ‘Sierra Queen’ is due this month to start providing ferry transit service between Lungi International Airport and the capital city, Freetown.
The new ferry was procured by safety and security product supplier, Westminster Group, who are currently proving expert services at the Lungi airport.
Speaking to this reporter, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Security Group, Peter Fowler, said the arrival of the vessel late this month and commencement of operations would be excellent timing given that there has been significant improvement in the fight against the Ebola virus.
According to the CEO, the number of sea and air passengers was gradually rising due to declining figures in the number of new Ebola cases nationwide, adding that the easing of the outbreak has also had a positive impact on the financial performance of the company’s airport operations during the first quarter of the year.
He continued that in the second quarter of the year some improvement is expected to help the company turnaround the negative impact of the crisis as international shares in the company are up by 1.67% to 26.55 this week.
Meanwhile, in an interview with this medium, Head of Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority, Abu Bakarr Kamara, confirmed progress made in increase in passenger traffic through the airport, which was at its lowest ebb last year during the peak of the outbreak, as many airlines cancelled flights into the country.
He added that airport officials have put in place robust mechanisms to screen passengers with a daily record of all those that are being screened.