Plans to set up a Carrier for Ghana are far advanced, as processes to operationalize the Carrier are in the final stages.
This was revealed by the Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda in an interview following a meeting with the High Commissioner of UK, Iain Walker and Mohammed Ahmed Al Homaid, Ambassador of Qatar, in Accra on Monday.
Mr. Adda said, “all the contractual documents are ready for signature, basically these are the shareholders agreement, management service contractual, the personnel secondment contract. They have been negotiated by the joint team of Ministry of Finance, Justice and Aviation.”
He further stated that, these documents are ready for review by cabinet.
“We are hoping that it will be taken on-board, finalized and approved by the end of this month. This will make the airline active, as it would pave way for the registration of the aircrafts, as well as consideration for
“Once it is approved, we will sign and that makes the airline active in terms of us now being clear in our minds, in terms registering of the aircraft and look at routes and engagement.”
By the end of the month, we would be clear with all contractual matters and registration and this should lead us into becoming operational.
The registration of the aircraft would be done by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to ensure standards are met by the new Carrier.
During the early period of operations, the Carrier would start with some West Africa routes to Lagos, Abuja, Senegal, Gambia, many others, as well as London and other European routes.
Information from the Ministry indicates that the full list of operational routes will be realized once the final agreement with the strategic partner is signed.
Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA)
Ghana has so far sign more than 65 BASA with countries across the world. This lay a good foundation for the yet to be unveiled Carrier.
The BASA allows designated airlines of the two states to operate commercial flight covering the transport of passengers and cargoes between the two countries.
Last year, government through the Ministry of Aviation signed various aviation-related deals with Canada, Rwanda, Seychelles, Jamaica, Namibia and Guyana as it seeks to open more air routes and create opportunities for investment, trade, and tourism.
The Agreements with these countries will further position Ghana as the aviation hub of the West Africa sub-region as envisage by the government as well as maximizing the huge investment in on-ground aviation infrastructure.