Liberia: Roberts Int’l Airport Confirms Damaged Escalator, Says Engineers Are Working to Have it Fixed

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MONROVIA – The Management of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) has confirmed the malfunctioning of one of its escalators in the arrival terminal.

In a statement, the LAA said the required diagnosis has been done for prompt redress. 

“This in no way poses any major operational and technical constraint to the terminal and operation is very smooth using other available access including the remote gate and the stairscase,” the LAA statement noted.

According to the LAA, the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC)  which was awarded the contract to construct the new terminal is still in charge of repairing operational and technical glitches for a period of one year, as indicated in the construction agreement.

“LAA Management takes keen interest in any operational constraint at all of its facilities and is committed to resolving same,” the statement further noted.

The new Roberts International Airport Terminal was built by the Chinese at the cost of US$50 million, a loan secured by the Government of Liberia from the Chinese EXIM Bank. It was dedicated by President George Weah on July 25, 2019. 

There are concerns being raised that the administrators of the airport may have rushed to open the new terminal without properly testing all the key facilities.

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