The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said notwithstanding Africa’s growth drivers, the continent’s huge potential for air transport is under-explored, stating that Africa’s failure to integrate and liberalize its intra-regional air transport market has been cited as a significant reason why growth in the air transport market has not reached its huge potential.
The Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, told journalists at the Roberts International Airport when Medview Airlines made inaugural flight services to Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Monrovia, Liberia, that liberalization reduces and/or eliminates unnecessary restrictions, allowing more players in the industry with free access to markets.
He said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was of the view that allowing Medview Air Services to Monrovia would promote regional integration, trade and transform ECOWAS, with the choice of people moving freely from Monrovia to Freetown and Accra via Lagos.
He said: “I want to tell members of the media that we are trying to promote trade and the aviation industry promotes catalytical benefits. The leadership of ECOWAS is very happy with what is happening now. We look forward to having daily flights to Monrovia.”
The envoy stated that air service to the two cities would help to deepen intra-African trade relations between Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia, adding that flight services by the carrier have again rekindled the hope of integration in the West Africa sub-region.