Transport Minister Samuel Wlue has stressed the need to establish a regional airline to enhance the movement of passengers and upgrade trade in the Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region.
Minister Wlue noted that the establishment of a regional airline by the three MRU countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will prevent unnecessary delays passengers of these countries usually encounter in travelling with non-MRU flights operating in the sub-region.
The three countries form the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR)
He observed that it is unnecessary for people within the sub-region to take long hours to travel from one capital to another due to lack of a regional airline.
The Transport Ministry official made the call at the weekend at the start of the 2018 Ministerial Council Meeting of the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR) held at a local hotel in Margibi County.
He noted that the RFIR was established during the regimes of the late Presidents William R. Tolbert of Liberia, Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea and Siaka Stevens of Sierra Leone in 1975 to ensure that their air spaces remain safe.
According to him, the foundation laid by the three former presidents was intended to improve the aviation system through safety regulations within their respective countries.
Minister Wlue emphasized that the air spaces between Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are actually safe for flights coming into these countries.
He emphasized that the establishment of an airline through the RFIR will make the movement of people easier, safer and better.
He asserted that the dreams and aspirations of their fore-fathers will continue to be strengthened to transform and improve the air transport standard internationally.
Meanwhile, Liberia has taken over the chairmanship of the RFIR from Guinea, with Transport Minister Samuel A. Wlue serving as the chairman, which is rotational annually.
The RFIR Ministerial Council is the highest decision-making body along with the Technical Committee, which is headed by Directors of Aviation Authorities of member states and the secretariat to ensure that
aviation regulations and security are enhanced within their three countries’ air spaces.
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