7 January 2016

Liberia: Kailondo to Launch Airline, 'Air Monrovia' in June

Photo: Boakai Fofana
A World Food Program plane sits on a small airstrip in southeastern Liberia (file photo).

A prominent Liberian businessman, Attorney George B. Kailondo, has announced to the public that very soon Liberia will boast of its own airline, called "Air Monrovia".

Mr. Kailondo, who spoke in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, said his plan to invest in a commercial airline is intended to put Liberia on the map of economic improvement in the sub-region and to further advance his businesses as well as buttress the government's development agenda.

"Come this 2016, we will have Air Monrovia. We will have two jets. It will come to pass at the end of June of this 2016," Kailondo disclosed.

Kailondo is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kailondo Petroleum (KP), Kailondo Filling Stations, Kailondo Hotels and several other businesses in Monrovia.

"What Lebanese and other foreign nationals can do, Liberians can also do it and even go beyond. But the support is what we Liberian businesses need," he said.

He mentioned that the new investment is also intended to provide jobs for his compatriots, many of whom are jobless.

Speaking further the prominent Liberian businessman thanked the almighty God for making his dream a reality.

"Aircraft allows people to have adventures in new countries, to relax on tropical beaches, to build business relationships and to visit friends and family. As our economy grows, aviation is the factor that brings people together," he noted.

Mr. Kailondo said he will continue to work diligently and honestly for the enhancement of himself, people and country. "The sky is my limit."

At the same time, Mr. Kailondo has encouraged his fellow Liberians to support Liberian businesses, because foreigners will not build Liberia, but Liberians themselves.

He said business and leisure travellers to Liberia will experience the airline's hospitality as it extends operations to other African countries come June 2016.

Atty. Kailondo then urged Liberians to take advantage of the business sector adding: "With sincerity and honesty, and don't get distracted by detractors, and the sky will be your limit."

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