Ethiopian Airlines Lands at Freetown International Airport

Ethiopian Airlines Lands at Freetown International Airport: A New Dawn for Sierra Leone’s Tourism

By: Kai Bockarie-Saquee
Communications and P.R. NTB.

Freetown, June 3, 2024 โ€” In a historic milestone for Sierra Leone, Ethiopian Airlines made its maiden landing at the Freetown International Airport on Friday, May 31, 2024. The arrival of the Boeing 787, carrying 100 passengers from diverse international origins, marks the airline’s 65th destination, offering smart connections to Asia, Europe, Africa, and America.

The ceremonial event was graced by prominent figures, including the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mrs Nabeela Farida Tunis, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Retired Colonel Ambassador Alhaji Fanday Turay Esq., the Director General of the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority, Madam Musayero Barrie, and the Vice President of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr H. Mamo. Their presence underscored the significance of this development for Sierra Leone’s aviation and tourism sectors.

In her address, Mrs Nabeela Farida Tunis expressed optimism about the potential surge in tourist arrivals facilitated by Ethiopian Airlines. She highlighted the strategic importance of the airline’s timely entry, which is expected to enhance traffic from key tourist-generating regions, including Asia, Africa, and America. “Ethiopian Airlines enhances access to Sierra Leoneโ€™s diverse tourism offerings and unique cultural treasures.

We look forward to welcoming visitors with our globally renowned warm hospitality and sharing our rich heritage,” she stated, emphasizing the broadening horizons of Sierra Leone’s tourism industry.

Mrs Tunis extended her heartfelt gratitude to Ambassador Fanday Turay and his team for their unwavering commitment to ensuring the successful and safe landing of the airline.

She also commended the Director General of Civil Aviation, Madam Musayero Barrie, for her relentless support in making this historic event possible.

Ethiopian Airlines will schedule flights to Sierra Leone three times a week, significantly improving connectivity and accessibility for international travellers. This increased frequency is expected to attract more tourists and investors, thereby stimulating economic growth and development in Sierra Leone.

The Vice President of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. H. Mamo, expressed the airline’s enthusiasm about expanding its network to include Sierra Leone. He reiterated Ethiopian Airlines’ commitment to providing reliable and efficient services, fostering stronger ties between Sierra Leone and other parts of the world.

In her closing remarks, Mrs. Tunis shed light on the vast tourism potential of Sierra Leone. She encouraged international tourists to explore the country’s rich cultural heritage, pristine beaches, and breathtaking landscapes. She also highlighted the role of various tour operators and ground handlers in ensuring a seamless travel experience from the airport to different attractions within the country.

As Sierra Leone welcomes Ethiopian Airlines, there is renewed hope and anticipation for a vibrant tourism sector that promises to showcase the country’s unique charm to the world. The collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Transport and Aviation, and Ethiopian Airlines heralds a new era of connectivity and growth for Sierra Leone.

The historic landing of Ethiopian Airlines at Freetown International Airport is more than just an addition to the airline’s network; it is a beacon of hope for Sierra Leone’s tourism industry With strategic partnerships and increased connectivity, Sierra Leone is poised to become a top destination for international tourists seeking unique and enriching experiences. The future looks promising as the nation embarks on this exciting journey of transformation and growth.

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