23rd August 2017
KLM Airlines Africa Blames Govt for High Costs of Tickets in Sierra Leone!!
By a press release (17/06/17)
Sierra Leone government has been blamed by KLM Africa for the high costs of ticket prices and security tax paid by struggling customers.
The Vice President of Dutch Airlines giant KLM Africa, Mr Frank Legre has recently told journalists that since KLM started operations in Sierra Leone, the passengers have been very encouraging despite the high cost of tickets which he noted was the cause of the high taxes levied by the APC government. (Pictured: Minister Logus, seated right, needs to lean more to the interests of struggling Sierra Leoneans).
Mr. Legre said: “Let me explain to you about our ticket to London. The ticket costs $825 USD and our own actual price without tax is $350, which shows that over $500 USD tax has been levied on the ticket.”
The KLM Africa boss said the security fee that came into play on the 1st June 2017, is still very high and it will affect the airlines. He said people will find it very difficult to pay that $80 return fee. In Guinea and Liberia they don't have it, but in Senegal it is just 15Euros."
Mr Philip Barberi, who is the Regional Manager of Air France/KLM, said: "About 200,000 people fly annually from Sierra Leone and it means they will be paying about $8million USD annually for security. This amount I believe will buy all the equipment need for the security system."
“The Sierra Leone Transport Minister Logus Balogun Koroma needs to revisit the terms of agreement reached with the KLM as it clearly shows that the agreement was not done in the interest of the majority Sierra Leoneans,” angry customers in and outside the country blasted.