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Liberia president celebrates Air France's 2020 return to Monrovia

Liberia president celebrates Air France's 2020 return to Monrovia

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<p>Liberian president George Weah on Monday (November 4) confirmed the imminent return of Air France flights to the West African country.</p> <p>“I am excited to announce the return of Air France to Liberia. This is a testament of the measures we have put in place to promote a conducive business climate – wherein we can attract more businesses and investments to Liberia,” the president said on Twitter.</p> <p>He added that the move which is expected to kickoff in 2020 was an affirmation of deepening relations between the two countries and that “Liberia is open for business.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I am excited to announce the return of Air France to Liberia. This is a testament of the measures we have put in place to promote a conducive business climate – wherein we can attract more businesses and investments to Liberia. This move is an affirmation of the longstanding <a href="https://t.co/lURSRCEZzk">pic.twitter.com/lURSRCEZzk</a></p>— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) <a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeWeahOff/status/1191452089295212550?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>One of the main reasons that Air France quit the Liberia route five years ago was the bad nature of the runway at Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport, <span class="caps">RIA</span>. Another reason was the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa at the time.</p> <p>A local news portal, <a href="https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/air-france-set-to-resume-flights-to-liberia-in-2020/">Front Page Africa</a> quoted transport minister as confirming that the French national carrier was set to return. </p> <p>“Mr. Jean Luc Mévellec, the airlines regional manager informed the minister that the Roberts International Airport will be among its new destinations beginning 2020,” the report said.</p> <p>The erstwhile Sirleaf administration made the upgrade of the <span class="caps">RIA</span> a priority toward the end of her term in office, resulting in the construction of a new terminal. The airport had not had any major upgrades since 1970.</p> <p>Presently, records indicate that only SN Brussels, Royal Air Maroc and other intra-African carriers ply the route. President Weah has also asked his Ethiopian counterpart to help Ethiopian – Africa’s largest and most profitable carrier – to resume flights to Monrovia.</p>
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