KLM Returns to Liberia

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KLM launches maiden flight to Liberia since the civil war ended in 2003

After 20 years without flights to Liberia, Dutch Airline Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines has recommenced flights to Liberia.

The airline left the country in the early 1990s, during the the civil unrest which destroyed, among other infrastructures Liberia’s only international airport at Robertsfield.

Touching down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) on the evening of Sunday, March 26, 2017, the return of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was a scene of excitement as passengers, airport workers and bystanders were seen pulling out their electronic gadgets to take photographs of the aircraft.

It can be recalled that on November 15, 2016, the airline announced the resumption of flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. KLM now operates between Amsterdam, Freetown and Monrovia, on an Airbus A330-200 series which has over 268 seats. The flight operates three times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Upon arrival at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) on March 26, Henri Ledoux, the director of delegation for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, said the KLM resumption means Liberia has a “very good” potential of clients to northern Europe and the United States.

“KLM is good for this kind of traffic. This is why we chose Liberia. We came with AirFrance two years ago. Finally the people from France say they prefer to go to Paris; so we prefer KLM, but it takes time,” Ledoux said.

He disclosed that KLM authorities are going to many places in Africa, but not everywhere.

“KLM Airlines serves 51 routes in Africa; and so there is a huge traffic, seven new destinations in Africa for AirFrance-KLM in 2007. We are back in Africa. If we are back, that means there is potential,” Ledoux added.

The KLM plans to expand its African network and will compete with other world class airlines, the statement said.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Please do not leave during the bad times next time ok. Royal Air Maroc, an African airline and the ONLY airline that did not abandon Liberia during the ebola crisis continues to be my number one airline.

  2. Glad to know that KLM is back to business in Liberia once again with three days flights once a week. I hope, KLM will play a major role in reducing the price of tickets to Liberia.
    To our leaders, let this be an innovation to the growth of our country. KLM shouldn’t be treated like Delta Airlines that had a direct route from Atlanta, Georgia to Liberia. Please keep your greed, cheap and selfish politics out KLM and the development of our beloved country (Liberia).

  3. when will your Airport come back to international Standard? The war has ended, and with all these international flights going in and out of Liberia. That airport is a shame to that country… Your president travels daily through that airport without any remorse or conscience to think about that portion of her infrastructure development? smh… what kind of people are we?

  4. Welcome to Liberia KLM. I hope and pray the employees will receive the standard training and international or advanced training. Emergency Response Preparedness , Ground Handling Management Training-IATA approved. It’s an opportunity to boost the economy and better pay check for staff at RIA.

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