Tristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4112 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6540 times:
I thought that this was because of the hotel situation in Freetown?
BA Security are not happy with the crew hotel there, and the crew will stay in
Monrovia instead? So might as well call it a new route!
GSTBA From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 467 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6192 times:
Quoting AIR MALTA (Thread starter): BA is going to increase its flights to Freetown from April 2012 to 3 weekly (up from 2). It would then make sense to link the 2 to start with (LHR-FNA-ROB-FNA-LHR).
Thats exactly what they are going to do. Flights will operate LHR-FNA-ROB-FNA-LHR. Flights to ROB will go on sale once the necessary government approval is received. BA will open ROB as a destination hopefully starting in late October. Expect a announcement in the coming weeks. BA will not sell tickets for travel purely between FNA and ROB
It is correct the crew will not be staying in this is due in part to security but also due to a lack of suitable secure hotels near the airport. BA did find suitable hotels in Freetown however none of them are less the 2 hours each way by bus which is too far for rest purposes etc.
blackwidow From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5105 times:
The transit from Freetown Lungi International airport to the city centre is approx 4hours!!! - a lot of operational risk with crew etc if delayed out of LHR etc.. Makes sense to tag another destination on the other end....
KL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 781 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4001 times:
Quoting blackwidow (Reply 8): The transit from Freetown Lungi International airport to the city centre is approx 4hours!!! - a lot of operational risk with crew etc if delayed out of LHR etc.. Makes sense to tag another destination on the other end....
There is a quicker alternative in those dodgy Ukrainian helicopters.
That said, I have colleagues who spend considerable time in both Freetown and Monrovia. From what I hear: despite the brutal civil (that's an interesting contradictio in termine...) wars in everybody's mind, both are now enjoyable and relaxed cities, and much safer than some of the other West-African capitals.
santos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3471 times:
I just did a random search on the BA website and found flights availabe:
BA0137 LHR 22:30 - ROB 07:25 B767 with 1 stop(FNA)
BA0136 ROB 09:25 - LHR 18:05 B767 with 1 stop(FNA)
Seems to be twice weekly www.ba.com