On 13 March, the British High Commissioner’s Residence was the venue to celebrate British Airways’ new direct service between London Heathrow T5 and Freetown-Lungi. The reception was attended by Mr Peter Bajuku Konteh, the Minister of Tourism & Culture and Mr V.C. Minah, the Minister of Transport & Aviation, and representatives from the business community and the diplomatic corps.
High Commissioner Peter West welcomed British Airways’ expansion of their network in West Africa noting the strong positive signal this sent about Sierra Leone’s business and tourism potential. Ian Petrie, BA Regional Africa Manager and Kola Olayinka, Country Commercial Manager reaffirmed the airline’s commitment to Africa, noting in particular the growth potential in West Africa. Mr Petrie announced a special promotional rate for their premium economy class, in celebration of the new service. Mr Peter Bajuku Konteh, welcomed the arrival of British Airways as a sign of international investment in Sierra Leone’s tourism sector and commended British Airways’ high quality and competitive product.