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Ambassador Mohamed Hassan Kai-Samba Joins Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio To Commission New Freetown International Airport



Freetown International Airport, Lungi, Friday 3 March 2023 – Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Türkiye, Mohamed Hassan Kai-Samba has joined His Excellency Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone at the commissioning of the New Freetown International Airport.

The $270 million facility has the capacity for over one million passengers annually and five times bigger than the old airport’s capacity, constructed through a build, operate and transfer agreement between the government and the global construction company, Summa Group of Companies from Türkiye. The New Airport is the biggest infrastructural project in Sierra Leone since colonial time.

Summa Group of Companies is a global construction company availing of diversified interests and operation. Their presence in Sierra Leone is as a result of the strong partnership between the Turkish government and its people and the government of Sierra Leone under the leadership of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.

Vice President for Summa Group of Companies, Mr. Fatih Bora, thanked the government and people of Sierra Leone for the confidence reposed in them to operate in the country despite the global economic and COVID-19 challenges on the aviation industry, saying that only a few people believed in them to be able to finalise the New Airport in record time and earlier than scheduled.

“Most people were skeptical about the actualisation of this project. Frankly” Mr. Fatih Bora concluded

His Excellency said that the investment represented the biggest Turkish private investment in sub-Saharan Africa, adding that the Freetown International Airport is the most modern airport intersection in the region, the most environmentally friendly airport in the region, with solar power and battery technology, it would be the best passenger-friendly airport.

“Since 1967 when the Lungi international airport runway was expanded, this is the first time in the history of this country that a completely new international airport terminal has been constructed. No Government has ever done such massive infrastructural development in this sector” President Bio noted.

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