Ghana’s Africa World Airlines (AWA) has announced the suspension of its flights from Monrovia and Freetown due to an increasingly high cost environment largely due to spiking oil prices. The suspension will take effect on 15 September and will last till the end of 2022.
In a statement, the airline said:
“Recent developments within the region and beyond, have necessitated a review of our domestic and regional operations, with particular focus on extended flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Monrovia, Liberia.
Rising fuel prices have resulted in higher than anticipated operating costs on all routes but especially for flights to Freetown and Monrovia. In order to remain competitive and for business sustainability, we are in the process of restructuring our route network to suit our fleet capacity.
The resulting schedules will necessitate the temporary suspension of flights to Freetown and Monrovia effective 15th September 2022, for the remainder of this year. This unfortunate decision is hard fought and quite regrettable at a time when we pay particular attention to serving our cherished customers and business partners in these regions.”