Lungi International Airport

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Lungi International Airport
IATA: FNAICAO: GFLL
FNA is located in Sierra Leone
FNA
FNA
Location of Airport in Sierra Leone
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Freetown; Lungi
Location Lungi, Sierra Leone
Elevation AMSL 84 ft / 26 m
Coordinates 08°36′59.20″N 13°11′43.76″W / 8.6164444°N 13.1954889°W / 8.6164444; -13.1954889
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 10,498 3,200 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 167,911

Freetown-Lungi International Airport (IATA: FNAICAO: 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 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.

Facilities[edit]

The terminal building of the airport has 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, lounges, and a business centre with telephone, Internet, and fax services; the Arrivals Wing has a customs hall with a money exchange window, a lost and found baggage office, and an information office.[citation needed] The airport grounds also contain a bank (First International Bank Ltd), an aviation security centre, a police centre, a car park, and a mosque.[citation needed] 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 is still under refurbishment.

Transfers to Freetown[edit]

Passengers have the choice of ferry, the new Pelican Water Taxi or an ex-Isle of Wight Hovercraft docked in the Aberdeen district of Freetown to cross the bay to Freetown.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Monrovia (all services suspended)[a]
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Arik Air Banjul, Dakar, Lagos (all services suspended)[b]
ASKY Airlines Accra, Lomé, Monrovia[5] (all services suspended)[b]
British Airways London-Heathrow (suspended until 31 August 2014)[6]
Brussels Airlines Brussels, Monrovia
Eagle Atlantic Airlines Abidjan (suspended)[a], Accra, Dakar, Monrovia[7]
Gambia Bird Accra, Banjul, Dakar, Douala, London-Gatwick, Lagos, Monrovia [8] (all services suspended)
Kenya Airways Accra, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta (all services suspended)[9]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Monrovia
  1. ^ a b Gambia (beginning in July 2014) and Côte d'Ivoire (beginning 11 August 2014) have banned all flights and passengers from Guinea, Liberia, & Sierra Leone due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.[1][2][3]
  2. ^ a b Arik Air and ASKY have stopped servicing Sierra Leone due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.[2][4]

Charter flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Eagle Air Freetown-Hastings

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Avient Aviation Lagos, Liège, Sharjah [10]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On August 11, 2004 at around 2:30 p.m. a Boeing 737 plane operated by Air Guinee Express crashed while failing to take off at Lungi Airport. None of the 70 passengers aboard were killed.[11]

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 shuttles passengers between Sierra Leone's coastal capital Freetown and Lungi airport. [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberia: Compulsory Ebola Steps in Liberia - Schools Shut, EJS Cancels Obama". allAfrica.com. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. "The presence of the deadly virus in Liberia has led to several repercussions with three major African airlines including Arik, Asky and Gambia Bird all cancelling flights to the country and avoiding picking passengers from here." 
  2. ^ a b "Liberia: Arik Air Suspends Flights to Liberia, Sierra Leon Over Ebola Virus". allAfrica.com. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014. "The Gambian Government took the proactive decision to stop airlines (including Arik Air) from bringing inbound passengers from Monrovia, Conakry (Guinea) and Freetown into Banjul." 
  3. ^ Hinshaw, Drew; McGroarty, Patrick (13 August 2014). "Ebola Virus: Nigeria and Ivory Coast Restrict Flights From Countries Hit by Outbreak". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ebola outbreak: pan-African airline halts flights to west African countries". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  5. ^ April 2014 Timetable, http://www.flyasky.com/asky/horaires/fna
  6. ^ Kedmey, Dan (5 August 2014). "British Airways Cancels West Africa Flights Amid Ebola Outbreak". Time. Retrieved 14 August 2014. "Passengers on those flights would be offered full refunds or the opportunity to rebook flights after Aug. 31, when flight service is expected to resume." 
  7. ^ April 2014 Timetable, http://www.eagleatlanticairlines.com/www.eagleatlanticairlines.com/us/en/sched.html
  8. ^ Timetable, valid from 01.08.2014–30 November 2014, http://www.gambiabird.com/mediapool/gambiabird.com/docs/infos/fs/GBQ_FlightSchedule_20140801-20141130_Summer2014_All%20routes.pdf
  9. ^ http://ewn.co.za/2014/08/16/Ebola-Kenya-Airways-to-suspend-flights-to-Freetown-Monrovia
  10. ^ Avient Aviation Schedule from LGG
  11. ^ Concord Times, Freetown, August 17 2004, "Crash Victim Tells Kabbah I Am Totally Disappointed in Your Government"
  12. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/06/03/us-leone-helicopter-idUSL0365046420070603

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