The Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Leonard Balogun Koroma has confirmed that, Arik Airlines have suspended all their operations in Sierra Leone indefinitely. He described the decision as regrettable but said that some major airlines like Air France, Brussels Airlines, British Airways and Gambia Bird continue normal schedule flights into Sierra Leone.
A spokesman for Arik Airlines in Logos attributed their decision to suspend operations in Sierra Leone to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.
The Transport and Aviation Minister told the Global Times last night that his Ministry and the Airport Authority were putting in place measures to prevent the travelling public from contracting the deadly Ebola virus.
Hon. Logus Koroma said Air France have installed electronic thermometers at the Lungi International Airport to test the temperature of all travellers passing through the airport.
The Minister further said that he has instructed the Airport Authority to place chlorinated water at the Airport, for all travellers to wash their hands before entering or leaving the country.
Independent sources have told the Global Times that, before Arik’s decision to suspend operations in the country, the Airline had been facing “serious financial difficulty”. It has been confirmed that Arik Airlines was finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations with the Airport Authority.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Transport and Aviation says he is meeting with all Airline representatives and stakeholders today, to map out strategies of collaboration in preventing the spread of Ebola.