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Sierra Leone News : Air Mauritania Makes Inaugural Flight to Freetown
Aug 3, 2017, 17:18
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The Freetown International Airport has on Wednesday 2nd August, 2017, welcomed the Maiden flight of Air Mauritana to Sierra Leone with direct connection to Conakry , Guinea and onward connection to Dakar , Senegal .


The arriving delegation comprised of the head of chancery Mr Nyandemoh and  the 3rd secretary  Mr kaikai , all from the Sierra Leones Embassy in the Republic of Senegal  , other officials and  crew of the flight .


Receiving the flight were the Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation , Alhaji M. A. Jalloh , representing Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Leonard Balogun Koroma , then Director Africa, MFAIC , Board of Directors and  Management of the Airports Authority   and the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority .


The flight  with routing from Freetown to Conakry and Dakar will operate twice weekly on Wednesday's and Sundays .


Speaking on the different  roles played  in planning and negotiating the flights arrival   , Mr Nyandemo recalled   the meeting in  2014 between His Excellency  Dr Ernest Bai Koroma of the Republic of Sierra Leone  and his Excellency the President of the Republic of Mauritania .


President Koroma , at the time  mentioned  the need for regional connectivity between both countries inorder to facilitate trade and  investment .


The meeting between the two presidents places both countries and their ministries of transport and foreign affairs to commence work and to involve all stakeholders.


Mr. Nyandemo commended the roles played by the current Ambassador Madam Ebun Strasser King , the Minister of Transport and Aviation , Leonard Balogun Koroma , the Director of Civil Aviation , Mr. Abubakaar Kamara and The Director General  of Foreign Affairs , Madam Khadijatou Bassir , and a host of foreign dignitaries in the two countries.


The acting General Manager of the Sierra Leone Airports Authority,  Mr Emile Rogers and Madam Gladys Blanche  assured Air Mauritania's directorate of their commitment to safety and security .


They maintained that the Airport has made remarkable progress and thus reaping the benefits of the investments made in its infrastructure, technology and human resource.


Thanking the officials and authorities present, the GSA in Sierra Leone called on passengers to take opportunity of the direct flight to Conakry to promote trade links and cultural exchanges between the two countries.


Giving the keynote  address, the Deputy  Minister  of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Alhaji M. A. Jalloh lauded the resilience  and timely interventions of his minister who has prioritized connectivity by Air , Land and Sea transportation in the country .


In taking his cue from His Excellency the President , Minister Logus Koroma has completely changed Sierra Leone's Aviation history for good with 4,inaugural flight launchings in 10 months , and a 5th one in December , 2017 .


Med View Airlines in October, 2016


Mid Africa Airlines in December, 2016


KLM in March, 2017


Air Mauritania in August, 2017 and the expected Turkish Airlines on December 15th , 2017 .

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