The Minister of Transport and Aviation Kemoh Sesay after a wide range of consultations with experts in Aviation both local and international levels, has deemed it necessary to ground the UT Airlines together with some illegal airlines operating in the country.
The UT airlines he, said is expected to proceed on technical checking in South Africa where it would be registered afterwards.
The minister explained that his latest action was in line with the new transport and aviation policy to minimize air disaster which has been the case in the political past.
“All air lines around the world required routine and technical checking to prove their air worthiness” he opined, adding that because of the unwillingness on the part of some air lines operating in Sierra Leone had always had unwarranted crash.
When asked as to whether the UT airlines would resume full scheme operations after the routine checking he objected on the grounds that all illegal air lines with questionable registration would be grounded.Besides, he added, they must now register in their home country [South Africa]. He recalled that the Sierra National Airlines (SNA) was banned some months back for a number of reasons but maintained that he was doing everything in his power to lift the ban and to operates it as a credible airline that would be allowed to fly the airwaves of Europe and America.It would be recalled that UT airlines had being providing essential helicopter services in Sierra Leone especially between Aberdeen Helipad and the Lungi International Airport.
By Solomon Rogers