In the wake of media reports that the security situation at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) is not favorable, the management has assured the public of the airport is safe to host the pending ECOWAS Summit.
Liberia Airport Authority’s (LAA) says its attention has been drawn to a banner headline in the May 24 edition of Frontpage Africa newspaper captioned: “RIA Embarrassment: Serious Concerns as Liberia Prepares to host ECOWAS Leaders.”
In the report, the paper cited or quoted Israeli security sources on the airport’s state of security for the summit and an airline routine audit findings.
The LAA assures the public that preparations leading to the successful hosting of this year’s ECOWAS Heads of State Summit are well on course and that these unwarranted distractions will not be heeded.
The LAA would also like to clarify that the security situation at the airport is safe as evidenced by all the airlines that are currently flying into the country, the most recent being the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
All other airlines flying into Liberia perform regular routine audits of the operations, facilities, safety and security of the airport and all of the findings have deemed RIA as being operationally safe and effective to handle their flights in conformity with International Aviation Standards.
The management assures the traveling public that the Roberts International Airport (RIA) is safe and in compliance with all international aviation standards.
“The new runway, terminal and cargo facilities will continue to enhance the operations and conditions at the airport,” the management assured.
While the Daily Observer is yet to independently verify condition around the airport, FrontPage Africa yesterday reported that there are concerns within the diplomatic circles over the status and security conditions at the airport.
According to the paper, it reliably learnt that the advance security team of the Israeli Prime Minister has already condemned security situation on the ground, especially the surrounding of Farmington Hotel where some members of his delegation would be lodged.
Meanwhile, the paper said a Kenya Airways Ground Handling Audit of the RIA which was conducted from December 5-7, 2016 uncovered, amongst other things, that there was no training program at the RIA to ensure there is close monitoring and that all required training are carried out in agreed frequencies as per their departmental requirements to track expiry dates.