Ghana, Seychelles direct flight arrangements underway

Gilbert Faure, Director General, Seychelles Civil Aviation (Left) with Okyere Darko-Mensah, Deputy Minister for Aviation (Right)

Direct flights between Ghana and Seychelles will soon be possible, with arrangements underway. This has been initialed with the signing of a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA), and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

This agreement opens the two countries for direct routes, and further deepen corporation in the aviation sector.

The agreement was signed on Behalf of the government by the Deputy Minister for Aviation, Okyere Darko-Mensah, who is currently leading a 10 member delegation to ICAO air services negotiations event 2018 in Nairobi Kenya.

With the Home-Based Carrier coming of board early next year, the agreement will allow designated airlines of both countries to operate commercial flight that covers the transport of passengers and cargoes.

It is expected that this would ensure a regulated frequency and capacity of air services between countries, pricing, among other commercial aspects.

The Agreement which is in line with the provisions of the Yamoussoukro Decision and the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) on air transport liberalization, seeks to ensure that eligible airlines of both States enjoy full traffic rights including 5th Freedom traffic rights within Africa.

So far this year, Ghana has signed about two other BASAs, with Rwanda and a South American country, Guyana.

Air Services Negotiation Event

Delegations from 70 countries around the world have gathered in Nairobi to negotiate Air Service Agreements at the eleventh (11th)International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event(ICAN2018).

By Joshua W. Amlanu