Delta Airlines in partnership with Air France on Monday, March 26, 2012 officially dedicated a newly constructed terminal at the Robert International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.
'Terminal B', the new passenger terminal at the RIA, was jointly funded by the two airlines with the support of the Liberian Airport Authorities. The terminal, which is fully air-conditioned, is also equipped with several flat screen televisions. The cost of the project is put at thousands of United States Dollars.
Speaking during a brief ceremony held at the RIA, Delta's Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Mr. Perry Cantarutti, said the new passenger terminal at the RIA highlights Delta's ongoing commitment to Liberia's airport sector.
He stated that the initiative was also intended to provide quality and improved services to their many customers.
He noted that his entity will continue to boost travel and tourism between Liberia and the United States of America by offering direct three times weekly flight to the US.
According to him, the newly terminal will significantly increase travel choice for Liberians.
"We are very happy to be here today to officially open this terminal. This has been an effort of Delta Airline and Air France. We remain committed to providing basic and improved services to our many valued customers," Mr. Cantarutti said.
Speaking further, Mr. Cantarutti disclosed that his institution is currently working on two significantly projects that will help boost the country's transport sector.
He named them as improvement in Liberia's aviation sector as well as the internship study of young Liberian business students at the airline.
Also speaking, the General Manager of Air France for Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, Mr. Christian Herpin, recalled that the Air France was opened in Monrovia in April, 2011.
He pointed out that Air France will continue to be part of Liberia's growing and recovering economy.
He assured of a high standards link to Europe and beyond for passengers and cargo transportation.
Mr. Herpin noted that the dedication of the new terminal at RIA shows his airline's commitment to continuously improve customers' travel experience on Air France.
For his part, Liberia's Transport Minister, Eugene Nagbe, said Government of Liberia (GOL) remains committed to reforming Liberia.
He noted that the government will work with development partners including the two airlines in order to move the country forward in a positive manner.
Minister Nagbe stressed the need for the reformation of the RIA.
He stated that the RIA must be transformed from its pre-war status so that it can be on par with other countries airlines.
He then commended the two airlines for the gesture; assuring government will work with them in every spheres of development.