THE Liberia Aviation Authority (LAA), is to open the newly completed passenger terminal, office complex and runway at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.
Manager of Public Relations of the Airport Authority Ebenezer Mass Wilson said the new terminal will be ready for dedication on July 25. It will witness the cutting of ribbon and tour of the three facilities by President George Weah, partners and clients of LAA.
Roberts International Airport
Construction of the new terminal began in 2017 under the terms of a loan agreement the Liberian Government under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed with China. The loan will be paid with interest within 25 years.
The new terminal will be the first up to date modern terminal ever at the RIA since the construction of that airport in the 1940s during the Second World War. It features two jet bridges, two escalators, two elevators, ten check-in counters, eight duty free stores, a restaurant and two luggage carousels among several other features.
For the runway, Wilson said it has since been completed with cutting edge technology including a new instrument landing system (ILS) and an Aeronautical Lighting System that is enhancing the landing and take-off of carriers.
The new passenger terminal will process 350,000 to 500,000 passengers annually, a projection he said suits the future air traffic needs of the Roberts International Airport (RIA). A new office complex will house the operational and administrative functions of the Airport Authority, as well as offices for airlines and banks operating at RIA. The office was transformed from the old passenger terminal burned during the war, into a two level office facility.