The official launch of the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Light Aircraft Services in Rural Liberia
The official launch of the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Light Aircraft Services in Rural Liberia
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Friday, October 2, 2015, Monrovia: Transport MINISTER, Angela Cassell Bush has commended the management of the Mission Aviation Fellowship Liberia (MAF) for investing in Liberia’s aviation sector by providing alternative means of transportation to rural areas , particularly within the south-eastern region of the country. She also disclosed plans underway by the Government to establish 17 weather stations across the country as well as the establishment of the Liberia Meteorology Center by early next year, which will complement efforts to revive domestic air transport in the country. “Your investment is another means to alleviate hardship as it provides option for us to access the rural communities”, she stressed.

Making remarks during the official inauguration of the domestic light air carrier at the James Spriggs Payne Airport on Thursday, October 1, 2015, Minister Cassell Bush said the aircraft will bring great relief to the people of Liberia. She called on other philanthropic organizations to emulate the example of MAF. She pledged Government’s full protection as the group embarks on its humanitarian services in Liberia.

Mr.  Max Gove, Special Project Director of MAF, in opening remarks, said the light aircraft services launched will indeed bring help to the most vulnerable people in the country. He said the inspiration for the establishment of MAF was conceived in 1945 by ex-o servicemen from the United Kingdom and the United States of America who flew aircrafts and brought destruction to people during World War II. He said the mission, which officially began operation on October 23, 1946, was now shuttling in 25 countries with Liberia as the 26th and the first in Africa. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a faith-based organizations which operate light aircraft services to rural communities in several countries around the World will also be providing charter services and medical evacuation amongst others in Liberia.

The Cessna Metallic Aircraft, which is based at the James Spriggs Payne Airstrip in Sinkor, has a seating capacity of up to 15 persons at a time and will serve RIA, Greenville, Sasstown, Grand Cess, Harper/Cape Palmas, Foya, Voinjama, Zwedru and Sarbo Sweaken at the moment.

Also speaking during the occasion, was the Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority, Hon. W.B. Freeman, who lauded the group for the investment and promised the authority’s fullest support. He said their investment in the aviation industry opened a gateway to boosting the rehabilitation of airstrips in rural Liberia to airlift patients and provide disaster relief.