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Monrovia Roberts International Airport

Roberts International Airport (IATA: ROB, ICAO: GLRB), informally also known as Robertsfield, is the international airport of Liberia. Located near the town of Harbel, the single runway airport is about 35 miles (56 km) outside of the nation's capital of Monrovia. The facility with its 11,000 feet (3,400 m) long runway was an emergency landing site for the United States' Space Shuttle program and is the principal airport in the country and one of only two with paved runways in the nation. The airport is named in honor of Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the first President of Liberia.

The airport was originally built by the United States government as an Air Force base as part of these activities. The runway was built long enough for B-47 Stratojet bombers to land for refueling, giving Liberia what was for many years the longest runway in Africa. President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States had lunch with President Edwin J. Barclay at Robertsfield visit to Liberia in January 1943. From 1943 to the end of WW2 in 1945, Roberts Field Airport, as it was then known, served as an alternative base for a contingent of 26 Squadron SAAF which flew Vickers Wellington Bombers on anti submarine (U-Boat) and convoy escort patrols over the Atlantic.

The story of Robertsfield is consistently intertwined with the history of Pan American World Airways. In fact, from the end of World War II until 1985, the airport was administered and operated by Pan American under contract with the Republic of Liberia's Ministry of Transport. Monrovia was consistently a key link in Pan American's African network, usually an intermediate stop between Accra and Dakar, from which service continued onward to Europe and New York. In the late 1970s and into the early 1980s, the airport became Pan Am's principal African hub, with a non-stop service from New York JFK connecting at Robertsfield to such destinations as Dakar, Accra, Abidjan, Lagos, and Conakry, among others, and continuing on to Nairobi and even at times Johannesburg, so that for many years virtually every Pan Am passenger to Africa passed through Robertsfield. Pan Am's presence diminished during the 1980s, as Pan Am's African network was slowly pulled down. Pan Am ended its management of the airport in 1985 but as late as 1986 the airport was still a stop on the JFK-Dakar-Monrovia-Lagos-Nairobi route. At one point in the past, Roberts Airport was listed as an alternative landing site for NASA's Space Shuttle.

Currently, the terminal facilities consist of two passenger buildings, one for departures by most commercial carriers and all arrivals, and a second, Terminal B, opened in March 2012 exclusively for departures by Air France and Delta Air Lines.

Other airside buildings are primarily used by the United Nations, with a VIP facility adjacent to the original, unused terminal.

<<Photo : the rehabilitation project

 

At the end of 2016, the Exim Bank of China and the government of Liberia have signed a US$ 50 millions loan contract to rehabilitate the runway and expand the terminal building of the Roberts International Airport (ROB) in Monrovia.
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[ ] Royal Air Maroc cancels flight, passengers stranded > on Aug 10th 2018
Passengers traveling to Accra, Brazzaville and Monrovia have expressed disappointment on the cancellation of their flights by the authorities of Royal Air Maroc.The passengers were traveling from vari[...]
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[ ] Why Air Peace is leading connectivity project in Africa > on Aug 07th 2018
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema has said the carrier is championing seamless air connectivity in Africa to ensure the economic growth of the continent and ease the trav[...]
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[ ] Air Peace set to launch Lagos-Monrovia services > on Aug 01st 2018
Air Peace has announced plans to commence flight services from Lagos and Abuja to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia and from Abuja to Kotoka International Airport, Accra on August 6.The developm[...]
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[ ] Infinity Shuttle Launches Airport Transport Service > on Apr 18th 2018
A Liberian-own transportation and car rental services company has launched an airport shuttle service aimed at reducing the inconveniences for people traveling in and out of the country through the Ro[...]
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[ ] ‘Shoot to Kill’ – Liberia Airport Authority Issues Order To Curb Theft > on Mar 22nd 2018
The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has been ordered to shoot anyone caught attempting to steal navigation equipment within the aerodrome or on the airside at Roberts International Airport. The ord[...]
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[ ] Air Cote D’Ivoire Engine Fails At Roberts International Airport > on Mar 13th 2018
Monrovia – An aircraft belonging to Air Cote D’Ivoire has been grounded at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) since Sunday after the plane encountered some engine malfunctions, FrontPageAfrica ha[...]
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[ ] 2 Women Arrested at RIA with 8.1 Kg of Heroin > on Feb 28th 2018
Acting on a tip off by informants, officers of the Liberia National Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) over the weekend arrested two women at the Roberts International Airport for allegedly possessing 8.1[...]
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[ ] Liberia’s New Airport Terminal Project Inspires On-the-Job Training For Liberians > on Feb 11th 2018
A year ago, Sumo Sando had absolutely no skill in building construction, now he is a welder – a skill he’s acquiring while working at the Roberts International Airport new terminal project.China Harbo[...]
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[ ] Pres. Sirleaf Dedicates New Airport Terminal At Roberts International Airport > on Dec 19th 2017
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf insists competing development priorities accumulated from Liberia’s civil war delayed her government’s commitment to refurbish the country’s major airport – Roberts Int[...]
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[ ] Ghanaian Airline Launches Service in Liberia > on Dec 04th 2017
AWA Commences flights from Monrovia-Accra starts next weekLiberia’s premier airport, the Roberts International Airport is not only experiencing major facelifts on its runway and terminals, but is at t[...]
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[ ] Liberia Revenue Authority Seizes Heroin At Roberts International Airport > on Sep 19th 2017
The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has seized a consignment of 2kilograms of heroin brought into the country on an Arik Flight from Nigeria.The bag containing the heroin was sent to Achebe Joseph Uwa[...]
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[ ] LRA Installs Modern Baggage Scanners at Roberts International Airport > on Aug 25th 2017
Customs Officers of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) assigned at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) are undergoing an intensive training to fully prepare them to operate two electronic baggage[...]
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[ ] U.S. Donates Baggage Handling Equipment to Roberts International Airport > on Aug 08th 2017
RIA, Margibi County – The United States Embassy through its international development organization, USAID has presented ground services equipment to the Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia,[...]
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[ ] New Roberts International Airport Terminal To Be Completed In 2018 > on Aug 02nd 2017
The Roberts International Airport, RIA, which was devastated by the 14 years civil war in Liberia, will wear a new look, come July 2018, with all the requisite criteria set by the International Civil [...]
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[ ] Roberts International Airport Runway At 85 Percent Completion > on Jul 22nd 2017
Construction and rehabilitation works on the runway of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) is said to be nearing completion while work toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art terminal is[...]
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[ ] Hotel at Roberts International Airport to Open Soon > on Apr 04th 2017
For the first time ever, the area around Roberts International Airport will include an international hotel that will provide lodging and leisure services to travelers, business executives and other pa[...]
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[ ] Goldstar Air, a new airline about to fly to Monrovia > on Jan 05th 2017
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has presented an Air Carrier License to Goldstar Air, a privately-owned Ghanaian airline, to begin the process to operate scheduled and non-scheduled flights [...]
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[ ] Liberia starts expansion of Roberts International Airport > on Nov 29th 2016
Liberia is set to have a new passenger terminal building and a rehabilitated runaway at the Roberts International Airport following a groundbreaking ceremony by the country’s president Ellen Johnson S[...]
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[ ] Revitalization of the Roberts International Airport > on Aug 28th 2015
One of the biggest criticisms of the Sirleaf's administration has been the government's inability to revitalize the Roberts International Airport, viewed by many as the gateway to Liberia. The poor co[...]
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[ ] Liberia's international airport battles to contain Ebola > on Aug 30th 2014
With the last rays of sunlight speckling the departures area at Liberia's international airport, passengers queue patiently to go through medical screening designed to show up the Ebola virus. Robe[...]
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[ ] Roberts Intl. Airport Puts Ebola Preventive Measures in Place > on Jul 29th 2014
In the wake of the increase in deaths from the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia the Roberts International Airport the Nation's only international Airport says it is putting in place measures to [...]
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