In a notice released on December 12, 2023, the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) made significant announcements regarding passenger movements during the revised curfew period from 12 am to 6 am.

Following consultations with various stakeholders, the SLCAA confirmed that all airport operations would continue within the specified curfew timelines. Notably, departing passengers were instructed to cross over to Lungi before midnight, emphasizing strict adherence to the curfew regulations.

For those relying on boat transportation from Freetown to Lungi, the last crossing time was set at 10:30 pm. This adjustment aimed to accommodate passengers scheduled on late-night flights, including Royal Air Maroc and Turkish Airlines.

Passengers traveling with ASKY Airlines for an 8:45 am departure were advised to be at the airport the night before their scheduled flight. Additionally, individuals arriving close to the curfew time were encouraged to secure accommodation in Lungi and proceed to Freetown at 6 am, with approved options including Lungi Gateway Hotel, Elite Light House Hotel, and Lungi Airport Lodge.

Recognizing potential challenges, the SLCAA identified a secured holding center in Lungi for passengers lacking alternative accommodation, providing this service free of charge. Arriving after curfew, passengers would be escorted by the police or military to approved hotels, guest houses, or the holding center until 6 am.

All airlines were urged to effectively communicate these directives to their passengers, emphasizing full compliance with the security forces’ instructions. The SLCAA pledged to monitor the situation daily and promptly inform the public of any changes to the established guidelines. This comprehensive approach aimed to ensure the safety and well-being of passengers while navigating the revised curfew period in Sierra Leone.