Lungi International Airport
|Lungi International Airport|
|Location||Lungi, Sierra Leone|
|Elevation AMSL||84 ft / 26 m|
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.
Transfers to Freetown
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.
This situation of remoteness between the capital city and its deserving airport is unique in the world.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Côte d'Ivoire||Abidjan, Monrovia[a][b]|
|Air France||Paris-Charles de Gaulle (suspended)|
|Arik Air||Banjul, Dakar, Lagos (all services suspended)[c]|
|ASKY Airlines||Accra, Lomé, Monrovia-Spriggs Payne (all services suspended)[c]|
|British Airways||London-Heathrow (suspended until 01 March 2015)|
|Kenya Airways||Accra, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta (all services suspended)|
|Royal Air Maroc||Casablanca, Monrovia|
- 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.
- Beginning 20 October 2014, Ivory Coast Airline to Resume Flights to Ebola-Affected Nations.
- Arik Air and ASKY have stopped servicing Sierra Leone due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
|Global Africa Aviation||Lagos, Liège, Sharjah |
Incidents and accidents
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.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- "Ivory Coast Airline to Resume Flights to Ebola-Affected Nations". Bloomberg News. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
- "Ebola outbreak: pan-African airline halts flights to west African countries". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- April 2014 Timetable, http://www.flyasky.com/asky/horaires/fna
- "BA stops flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone until 2015 over Ebola". Yahoo News. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- Timetable, valid from 10.17.2014, http://www.gambiabird.com/mediapool/gambiabird.com/docs/infos/fs/GBQ_FlightSchedule_20141017_Summer2014_All_routes.pdf
- Avient Aviation Schedule from LGG
- Concord Times, Freetown, August 17, 2004, "Crash Victim Tells Kabbah I Am Totally Disappointed in Your Government"
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- Airport information for GFLL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- A-Z World Airports
- Avient Aviation Scheduled Flights