Last Day to Enter Liberia By Air Before Elections is Oct. 8

The Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) says its aim is to simply deter interference with the aerodrome at the Roberts International Airport, which sometimes leads to the theft of very valuable navigational equipment.

For those planning a last ditch effort to travel to the Republic of Liberia before the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, Sunday, October 8, 2017 is the last day to enter the country via air, as the nation’s only international airport, RIA, will be out of service all day Monday, October 9, 2017.

According to a press release, the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) is informing the traveling public and airport users that it is resuming the second and final phase of the rehabilitation of runway 04-22 at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), which involves the second layer of asphalt pavement and installation of new Aeronautical Ground Lighting (AGL) systems.

In view of this development and in consultation with the airlines, the runway will be closed to air traffic on Mondays and Thursdays beginning October 9.

All travelers and airport users planning flights and airport activities should contact the airlines for further information and scheduling. An updated flight schedule will accompany this announcement.

The release urged the general public to take note and plan accordingly.


  1. When is the last day to get out? The small play play airport – the observers coming for the election some of them scare to land 🙂

  2. Where did we get these rediculous behaviors from. Come on man, whoever did this must be out of their mind. Liberia is not ready at all! Damn , what a lost to families and nvestors.

  3. Good timing??
    My question for the author is whether RIA will be closed from the 9th through the 12th or just only those two days, and if so – how long is the recurrence?
    Essentially, it really doesn’t make any sense at all, but this we know is the norm of our country.

    • the runway will be closed to air traffic on Mondays and Thursdays beginning October 9.

      Now, what part of Mondays AND Thursdays do you NOT understand? Did the article state Monday THROUGH Thursday? Could you please read the article and answer your own question?

  4. Liberia is not a village this is a country with the population of 2.3 million with laws that governs its territory, very good move we will emerge from the ashes.

  5. For the election sake it makes sense to keep intruders out for a reliable pavement and preparation for the appropriate leadership in transit. Tell the Liberian people about these election holidays.
    Do not reply me.

  6. At least,we have an airport, even we on the last stairs of economic ladder needs to play ours part as citizens not just always be a critic.God bless Mama Liberia and hope for a peaceful elections

  7. Why is the need to close the airport? Don’t we have security people to check those coming in and going out and ensure that everything happens smoothly?

    Makes no sense to me.

  8. I don’t now what is the Essen of shutdown our air port, this excuse of closing Liberia only dependable air port is a total mess, and total embarrassment for us Liberians.
    the entire management of the Liberia RIA is a joke.

  9. As they say about journalists, they can be firebugs or fire brigades, depending on the slant they ascribe to an article. Take this article for example, the headline suggests the airport is being closed because of the election. Is that in fact the case? Or, could the closing of the airport be coincidental and having no direct connection to the holding of the election on Tuesday? What reaction does such alarming news engender for our people, calm or fear? Even more than that, I can say outright that those behind this decision were equally narrow-minded in their thinking. Was this week and especially election day the most appropriate day they could come up with to shut down the airport? Closing airports and borders are often indicative of crisis, or national emergencies. As an alternative the JS Payne airport could have been upgraded to serve in the interim, especially for 737 size planes and below. That’s how thinking people think and plan. You wonder if this decision was even discussed up the chain of command, at the highest possible level considering the security implication involved for the country? Well, well!


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