Ghana has set for itself the target of becoming the aviation superpower in the West Africa and slowly, the vision is coming to reality with the opening of the annual 5 million passenger capacity Kotoka International Airport, Accra terminal III recently opened to the public, and 5th freedom granted to Pan-African airlines.
Proof of this this positive development happening in Ghana’s aviation industry encouraged the Emirate Airlines to fly its world’s largest passenger airplane, the Airbus A380, into Accra, the first of such in West Africa, some weeks ago. It was not long after that Air Namibia commenced Windhoek – Accra route. Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in the continent, equally changes the airplane deployed to Addis Ababa – Accra to its new Airbus A350.
With daily flights connecting Accra to major cities in West Africa, the new terminal has further positioned Accra as the hub for aviation activities within the subregion.
The 5th freedom rights given to many airlines to connect Accra to other cities has started yielding results as well. South African Airways has now commenced Accra – Washington route, Accra – Freetown – Monrovia route by Kenyan Airways. Ethiopian Airlines has also applied to start flying to Accra – London and Accra – New York routes. Some airlines have also indicated interest to commence Accra to different European and American cities.
On the side note, the government of Ghana is to set to start a National Airline that will fly the country’s flag to major cities around the World. Some airlines have signified interest to partner with Ghana, with Ethiopian Airlines and Air Mauritius touted as the front runners. Although, no airline has been announced as the partner for the National Carrier and no airline has been granted the rights to fly Accra – London route yet, this is according to an insider within the ministry of aviation.
At the recent aviation industry stakeholders meeting which attracted domestic and international airlines operating in and out of Ghana, the minister of aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, reiterated the desire of the Ghanaian government’s support of providing enabling environment for aviation businesses to thrive for the good of both the players in the industry and the country at large.
Adda also used the gathering to appeal to the operators to pay attention to the issues of quality customer service, and air passengers’ safety and rights. According to him, government shall at all times be concerned about the safety of passengers and the respect they get from the service providers.
“We should together represent the people in a very effective way, we should speak with one voice”, Adda concluded.