After yesterday's post about the new services from Spriggs-Payne, its well past time to note the arrival of a new major airline to Robertsfield last month. After a small delay of its inauguration, Air France has launched a twice-weekly extension of its Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Conakry flights to both Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia.
This gives the first European airline to return to RIA since Ellen's election, and offers a bit of competition to Brussels Airlines' dominance of the market. It also offers travelers easier connections from the United States. I know many people who prefer to connect from New York, Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia in Europe rather than routing through Atlanta or even the 10-hour non-stops from JFK on Delta.
By the way, for those who are just looking to shuttle up to Conakry on a Tuesday and back down to Monrovia, this is technically possible. I was quoted a roundtrip airfare, all taxes and fees, of $3,333.30. I'd love to know how that figure was arrived at. It'd be funny if it wasn't so outrageous.