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Roberts International Airport

(RIA) is Liberia’s main international airport. RIA is located approximately thirty-five (35) miles from the capital of Monrovia. The runway of the airport is about 11000 feet long. The airport was built by the United States military during the Second World War (WWII) as a logistics base. Following the end of the war, the airport was then transformed into a commercial entity for international carriers.

The Roberts FIR (Flight Information Region) TMA (Terminal Control Area) extends 40NM north of Conakry and 99NM south of Monrovia. The Roberts FIR is a dismemberment of the Dakar FIR. The Dakar FIR was regionally established in January 1975 by Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, who decided to manage their airspace jointly. The FIR was named after Roberts International Airport (also known as Robertsfield), which hosted the headquarters at its creation. The headquarters was transferred to Freetown in June 1990 because of the war in Liberia. It has been based in Conakry since June 1997 as a result of the war in Sierra Leone.

 

 

The Roberts FIR (Flight Information Region) TMA (Terminal Control Area) extends 40NM north of Conakry and 99NM south of Monrovia. The Roberts FIR is a dismemberment of the Dakar FIR. The Dakar FIR was regionally established in January 1975 by Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, who decided to manage their airspace jointly. The FIR was named after Roberts International Airport (also known as Robertsfield), which hosted the headquarters at its creation. The headquarters was transferred to Freetown in June 1990 because of the war in Liberia. It has been based in Conakry since June 1997 as a result of the war in Sierra Leone.

 

Administration at the RIA:

The Administration is under the jurisdiction of the Civil Aviation Authority at the Ministry of Transport.

Contacts in the Administration are:

 

Name

Title

Contact

John Collins

Managing Director

+377-47-535617

    P. G. Wright

Deputy Managing Dir./ Adm.

 

Hammed Wilson

Comptroller

+377-47-512012

Reuben Padmore

Airport Services Manager

+377-47-520454

Patrick Kanneh

Aircraft Handling Services Manager

+377-47-552009

Abraham Toe

Air Traffic Services Manager

 +377-47-512006

James Porter

Aircraft Maintenance Manager

+377-47-519917

Robert Tellowoyan

Base Support Manager

+377-47-513662

Wilmot Wongko

Electrical Manager

+377-47-554598

Aloysius Koromah

Fire & Rescue Manager

+377-47-518260

Boakai Kiawu

Flights Operations Manager

+377-47-557417

James Freeman

Ground Equipment Maintenance

+377-47-515146

Edna Lloyd

Meteorology Manager

+377-47-517156

James Mark

Passenger Services

+377-47-556747

 

Security

Provided by the UNMIL troops stationed at the Airport. Contact points are:

  • Lt. Col. Sam Awo Nudanajo- Commanding Officer- +377-47-530132
  • Maj. Roc Adejugbe- Deputy Commanding Officer- +377-47-530400
  • Mario  Cagirom- Operations Personnel- +377-47-532597

Working Hours

Monday to Saturday: 0800 – 1600 (Administration)

Airport is operational 24 hours/day.

Lighting and Power

Lighting is provided by the Management of Firestone Plantation Company. The airport has one stand-by generator.  The Air Traffic Control Tower has a UPS.

The runway has sufficient ground lights and indicators.

Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC)

The ATC is located at the southern end of the runway.

Communication Airband

1245 HF                                              124.5 HF         - Approach

1219 HF                                              118.3 HF         - Control Tower

1183 HF

1314 HF

Storage

The RIA Cargo Department has two storage facilities: in-bound and out-bound storage. These have a storage timeframe of 10 days free of charge. Following the ten-day period, a charge of US 10 cent is levied for each succeeding day.  The Cargo Storage Report form must be submitted if the cargo in store exceeds 10 days. The normal charge for cargo at the airport is US 10 cents per kilo; but for UN Agencies and humanitarian organizations, the cost is halved (ie. 5 cents). Additionally, the airport requires a 15-hour notice for importation of goods for preparatory reasons.

There is one hangar at the airport. It is 80x50m2 and is currently being used by UNMIL.

Fuel

Jet fuel is supplied by Exxon Mobil Incorporated.  The fuelling of the aircraft is arranged prior to the arrival of the flight. It is an agreement between the airline and the supplier (Mobil).

There are currently 2 fuel storage facilities. One of these was built by the United States Military in the 1980’s but has not been in use. The other is currently being used by Mobil Inc.

Handling Equipment 

Description

Quantity

Pax Step

1 unit

Clark Tug Vehicle

1 unit

Fire Trucks

3 units

Ambulance

1 unit

Tow Truck

1 unit

Lavatory Truck

1 unit

Forklift

1 unit

Hyundai Bus ( 20-seater)

1 unit

 

Airport Charges

The charges upon departure are the Terminal Fees and Airport Service fee. The fees levied are:

  • Development fee    US$ 15
  • Airport Service fee   US$ 25

Other charges, such as excess baggage, that may be levied are paid to the airline. All those carrying the UNLP, are exempted from these charges.

Passenger Flights

Several regional and international airlines are operating to and from Roberts International Airport. Humanitarian air operators and UNMIL are also conducting their flights at RIA. The airlines include:

Carrier Destinations

Ghana Airways Accra, Freetown, Abidjan, New York, Baltimore, London, Rome, Brussels, Monrovia
SN Brussels Brussels, Banjul, Dakar, Monrovia
SATGUR Air Transport Abidjan, Freetown, Monrovia
Weasua Air Transport Freetown, Abidjan, Monrovia
Belview Lagos, Abidjan, Accra, Monrovia
WFP West Africa Air Service Freetown, Abidjan, Conakry, Monrovia


Carrier Contact

Ghana Airways KLM Building 56 Broad Street
+377-47-518791 - +377-47-511980-RIAP>
SN Brussels Ecobank Plaza, Ashmun & Randall Streets
+377-47-510991 - +377-47-51246
Weasua Air Transport KLM Building, 56 Broad Street
+377-47-516275 - +377-47-531181 - +377-47-554081-RIA - +377-47-515944-RIA - +377-47-550133-RIA
SATGUR Air Transport Randall Street
+377-47-511084 - +377-47-550937
Belview Broad Street
+377-47-514584
WFP Air Service WFP Building, Mamba Point
+377-47-530092