Transport Minister Samuel A. Wlue, Senior Executives of Air France, LAA, LCAA and RIA during the program.
Transport Minister Samuel A. Wlue, Senior Executives of Air France, LAA, LCAA and RIA during the program.

Thursday, October 8, 2020: MONROVIA; Air France resumes flights between Monrovia and Paris de Gaulle as of November 19, 2020. The resumption of the Air France was originally planned for April 2020 but delayed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resumption of Air France comes as a result of the visit of the President of Liberia, His Excellency George Manneh Weah to France in 2018 accompanied by some officials of the Liberian Government which included Transport Minister, Samuel A. Wlue. The resumption of Air France is a boost to the aviation sector as well as the economy of Liberia and will provide job and travelling opportunities for Liberians. The Airbus, A350-900 will fly to Monrovia daily as a continuation to Bamako, Mali. The Airbus has 324 comfortable seats of which 34 seats in the Business Cabin, 24 in the Premium Economy Cabin and 266 in the Economy Cabin respectively. Customers boarding the A350-900 will access Air France CONNECT, the inflight Wi-Fi, a fully sales policy and Air France Health Protocols among other things.

Briefing news-man on Thursday, October 8, 2020 in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Transport, Transport Minister, Hon. Samuel A. Wlue welcomed the Air France Delegation in Liberia and expressed excitement over the resumption of Air France between Liberia and Paris de Gaulle. Minister Wlue said the resumption of the flight was one of the major deliverables of the Ministry of Transport. And it gained steam when President George M. Weah paid a courtesy visit at President Emmanuel Malcoon of France in 2018 where President Weah encouraged the Management of Air France to invest in the aviation sector of Liberia. Minister Wlue expressed his happiness because all discussions, negotiations and arrangements leading to Air France resumption were fruitful. “I am overly excited today”. He said his Administration will continue to engage other international partners to invest in the transport sector of Liberia.

“This is an opportunity for our people to seek visas at the French Embassy near Monrovia for travelling”, he maintained. Minister Wlue used the occasion to encourage French and European investors to take advantage of the conducive business climate of Liberia to invest. He concluded by extending thanks and appreciation to President Weah and the Managements of Air France; as well as the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), Roberts International Airport (RIA) and the Liberia Aviation Authority (LAA) for their stakes in the successful resumption of flights operations to Liberia.

Speaking, MEVELLE Jean-Luc, Regional Director of Air France for Benin, Cote d’Voire, Guinee, Liberia, Senegal and Togo respectively said the Management of Air France is pleased to announce the resumption of its flights operations between Monrovia and Paris de Gaulle after several talks with the Government of Liberia under the leadership of President George M. Weah. He praised Liberia’s Transport Minister, Samuel A. Wlue and the Managements of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority(LCAA) and the Roberts International Airport (RIA) for their respective roles aimed at ensuring this dream comes true. He praised the Government of Liberia for its investment opportunity and promised to provide quality flight services in Liberia. “This is the newest plane, comfortable, well-built and you will like it,”Mr.Mevelle said.

For his part, His Excellency HUGUES Nagy, French Ambassador to Liberia said he is glad that the Governments of France and Liberia continue to enjoy diplomatic ties and engage with international conversations that have the propensity to create more investment opportunities in Liberia. Ambassador Nagy said the French Embassy is working closely with the Liberian Government towards promoting good international relations and investments.

The program was attended by Members of the Senior Management Team of the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Ministry of Transport, Government\s employees and the Media.