At a multi-stakeholders meeting which aims at looking at the operations of the Lungi International Airport it was discovered that the government should give the airport the prominence it deserves as it is the embodiment of the nations’ pride.
One of the areas looked into was the need for an operative to carry out clearance operations within the passenger terminal building with maximum speed and efficiency, and this includes prevention of unnecessary delays in undergoing customs, immigration and other formalities.
The customs, immigration and AVSEC have been identified as the main stream airport operators and therefore should occupy the main security checkpoints.
At the meeting it was further emphasized that all staff who have served at the airport for more than two years should be relocated to other operational areas.
Also it was further discovered that there was no substantive General Manager and the recruitment process of a substantive head was unnecessarily slow and objectionable.
It was decided to expedite the award of the Ground Handling Contract to a competent company possessing adequate manpower and functioning equipment.
Security and safety is also paramount at the airport as it is the gateway to the country. The issue of drug trafficking and other organized crimes continue o serve as a threat to stability and the development of West African States.
A review report stated the limitations of metal detectors, the irreparable state of the Walk-Through Metal detector of passenger screening and the x-ray baggage system.
It can be argued that given the enormous financial difficulties faced by the Airport Management and the fact that ancillary entities charged with the responsibility of providing and maintaining basic industrial and social amenities, implementing this kind of sharing arrangement would in all probability wreck the industry in the near future. This will also undermine all genuine efforts on the part of the government and other cooperating institutions to upgrade the status of the airport.
The satisfaction of members at this institution is important and it must be acknowledged that some airport agencies have made some improvement in their operations at the airport.