To this effect, a delegation from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport arrived in the country on Sunday, February 16, 2020 and has been holding high level discussions with the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill, the Management team of the LAA, Global Logistics Service-National Aviation Service (GLS-NAS) and other leading Liberian stakeholders.
These discussions, according to a release from the LAA, are paving the way for construction of a cargo village at the Roberts International Airport(RIA), an initiative that will make Liberia a potential cargo hub for Hartsfield-Jackson Africa’s cargo destination.
Considerations for manpower training and development for LAA Staff, benchmarking and sharing industry experience as well as leveraging on the vast infrastructure capability of the RIA Airport are all being discussed.
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Delegation include: Madam Cynthia L. Blandford, Honorary Consul General of Liberia in Georgia, Madam Alrene Richards-Barr, Director of International Business and Mr. Elloit Paige, Air Service Director of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
It can be recalled that the Government of Liberia (GoL) July of last year, dedicated a brand new Passenger Terminal, which contains, for the first time in the existence of the airport, two jet bridges, to facilitate passengers movement to and from the facility, while there was a ground breaking ceremony, in April of last year, by GLS-NAS and the government of Liberia for the construction of a state-of-the-art cargo handling facility at the RIA.
Meanwhile, if all goes well, with the delegation visit, the RIA will be the cargo hub of Hartsfield-Jackson and “our air traffic concentration will further increase, thus bringing economic growth to our country”.