Freetown-Lungi International Airport (IATA: FNA, ICAO: GFLL) is an international airport located in the coastal town of Lungi, Sierra Leone. It serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel to and from Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone River separates Lungi International Airport from Freetown, the nation's capital city. The airport is operated by the Sierra Leone Airports Authority. Prior to its use as a civilian airport, it was a British Royal Air Force base.
As of May, 2014 the airport had regularly scheduled direct flights to London, Paris, Brussels and most major cities in West Africa. However, as of September 2014, almost all flights are suspended as a result of the ongoing 2014 West Africa Ebola virus outbreak. The first airline to resume commercial flight after suspending them, is Air Cote d'Ivoire
The terminal building of the airport composed of three distinct zones :a General Waiting Hall, a Departures Wing, and an Arrivals Wing. The General Waiting Hall provides ticketing desks for local transportation (coach, ferry, helicopter, hovercraft, and taxi), postal services, a travel agency office, and a restaurant. The Departures Wing contains duty-free shops, restaurants and a lounge for Business class passengers and VIPs. The Arrivals Wing has a customs hall with a money exchange window, a lost and found baggage office, and an information office.
The government of Sierra Leone undertook a general upgrade of the terminal in 2010, in order to meet the basic standards of current international airports. The Departure Hall has been commissioned in February 2013. The Arrival Hall has been commissioned in May 2014.
Due to the position of the airport on the northern coast of the Freetown estuary, passengers arriving by plane need to use boats to reach the capital. The most popular option is the ferry, but several alternatives flourish over the years like various speedboats (Pelican Water Taxi). A road going around the estuary has been completed in 2013 an allows now passengers with cars to reach Freetown area in less than 3h.
On June 3, 2007, a helicopter flight from Freetown exploded and crashed on landing at Lungi airport, killing all 22 people on board. The helicopter, a Russian Mi-8, was operated by Paramount Airlines, which shuttled passengers between Sierra Leone's coastal capital Freetown and Lungi airport.