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Sierra Leone: Providing modern cargo services at Freetown International Airport

General information
Project location: Lungi, Freetown International Airport, Sierra Leone
Consortium: Groupe Europe Handling, Sky Handling Partner Sierra Leone
Project Budget: € 1,497,000
External financing: PSI Plus
Project period: From 01/01/2012 to 31/12/2014

In 2008 the Sierra Leone Airports Authority undertook a reorganisation of ground and cargo handling services at Freetown International Airport and decided to liberalise the airport’s ground handling business. In 2009 Sky Handling Partner Sierra Leone was granted a 20-year concession.

At the moment cargo is handled and stored in an old 600 m2 warehouse, badly designed for handling import and export freight. Apart from the fact that the warehouse is too small and cargo is stored outside regularly, no adequate cargo facilities – like cold storage, dangerous goods storage, weighing and security equipment – are available. As a result, import possibilities are limited, and some airlines have put Freetown International Airport under embargo for export, mainly due to the lack of security checks for export goods.

Groupe Europe Handling and its local partner will establish a modern cargo storage terminal to enable provision of adequate cargo handling services. The partners will contract and train employees and will implement the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) standards. The project will have a massive impact on the local economy, as it provides the first airport import and export facilities up to international standards.

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