The New Freetown International Airport Is Opened

The design-build-operate-transfer project of Modernization and Expansion of the Lungi International Airport was initiated by the Government of Sierra Leone in May, 2021. The construction of the new airport terminal and other facilities lasted for two years, and the total cost was above $270.000.000 USD.

Boasting a sleek new terminal, expanded capacity of 1.2 million passengers per annum, and state-of-the-art facilities, the Freetown International Airport is poised to transform travel and unlock new opportunities for Sierra Leone. On the landside, in addition to new terminal, a new presidential terminal, a fully functional air traffic control tower, a new cargo terminal, a sea terminal with commercial facilities, police building, gate buildings and administrative buildings have been constructed within the same time frame. Also on the airside, a new parallel taxiway, a new passenger apron and a new presidential apron and runway rehabilitation works have been completed without interrupting the functionality of existing terminal operations.

The inauguration on March 3rd, 2023 was honored by His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.  President Bio’s following words echoed the jubilation of a nation as Sierra Leone unveiled its magnificent new airport, a testament to progress and a gateway to a brighter future.

“Today is a great day, a new day for all of us. This is the first time in the history of this country that a completely new international airport terminal has been constructed, one that has the latest technology and the highest compliance standards to make it more attractive to more international airlines.”

The 25-year partnership between Sierra Leone and FB GROUP promises to propel the Freetown International Airport into a hub of regional and international connectivity.