Due to the persistent complaints, delays and strain passengers under go in West Africa, Royal Air Maroc will begin Fifth Freedom flights beginning March, with the launch of a 3x weekly Accra-Monrovia-Freetown return service.
Operations will commence from March 15 and are on-board a B737-700 based out of the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
Ghana has offered Fifth Freedom traffic rights to several carriers operating in and out of Accra including Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta), which serves Monrovia and Freetown; South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) which offers flights to Abidjan as well as to Washington Dulles; TAP Air Portugal (TP, Lisbon) which serves São Tome; ASKY Airlines (KP, Lomé), MEA – Middle East Airlines (ME, Beirut), Emirates (EK, Dubai Int’l), EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int’l) and Air Burkina (2J, Ouagadougou) which all serve Abidjan – Air Côte d’Ivoire (HF, Abidjan) which serves Cotonou.
It is a welcome news, but many passengers travelling from Sierra Leone to the Gambia are still urging Royal Air Maroc to try and include Banjul into the intra-West African flights.
Passengers travelling to Gambia will have to use Royal Air Maroc, which takes them about one day to arrive in Banjul, a flight that is just 45 minutes from Lungi Airport to Banjul.