KLM Royal Dutch Airlines resumes operations in Liberia a 20-year hiatus
Dutch Airline, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines has finally resumed operations in Liberia after a 20-year hiatus.
On March 26, the first flight with 111 passengers onboard landed at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County. The KLM flight operation to Freetown and Monrovia, Airbus A330-200 series has seats of over 268.
It can be recalled on November 15, 2016, the airlines announced the restart of its operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The flight is said to operate three times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between Amsterdam, Freetown and Monrovia and Amsterdam respectively.
Speaking to the press upon arrival at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Henri Ledoux, the Director of delegation Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia said the 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,” he said.
Ledoux disclosed that they are going in 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,” he added.
The Royal Dutch Airlines plans to expand its African network and will compete with other world class airlines.