Monarch operated the twice weekly LGW
-BJL-FNA flights for Sierra National Airlines up to a little over a year ago. The flights were then taken over by Icelandia which had a 757 painted in the SNA
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suspended flights earlier this year, around the time Astraeus started the twice weekly LGW
-FNA flights on their recently aquired 757's with 36" seating pitch - all economy. I will be on one of these flights in December.
Fares on both airlines are about the same - expensive! Around $1,200 for the 7 hour flight from Gatwick to Freetown.
I know SNA
was talking to a South African/Ghanian company called "Gold Coast Avaiation" for resumption of the flights which would also include a weekly FNA-JNB
flight with several stops along the way, don't know what ever came of that.
I heard SNA
will resume flights in December, not sure with whom since they do not have any aircraft.
The situation in Sierra Leone has improved dramatically since the war ended three years ago. It is trully a beautiful country and worth a visit. Hopefully the airlines that pulled out will return (KLM, BA
) and competition will bring the price down.