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Africa: Delayed Takeoff: Ghana Airlines Faces Hurdles Despite Promised Launch Date

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Despite earlier assurances and optimistic projections, Ghana Airlines, a public-private initiative aimed at establishing a home-based carrier, is grappling with delays and challenges, pushing back its anticipated commercial debut.

According to mobile.ghanaweb.com, initial promises had hinted at ticket sales starting in April and May, with commercial flights expected to take off by June-July of 2023. However, the reality appears to be different, as the airline’s readiness to take flight remains uncertain.

Ashanti Airlines, in partnership with the financial firm Zotus Group, emerged as the winning bidder for this ambitious venture last year. They promptly embarked on the process of acquiring the necessary certifications from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the aviation sector regulator.

READ: Aviation: West African country Ghana to launch new national carrier, Ghana Airlines in 2023

Ashanti Airlines, which already held an Air Carrier License (ACL) before securing the tender, diligently submitted its documentation to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). This secondary certification is a legal requirement for airlines before they can commence commercial scheduled and non-scheduled flights.

Transport Minister Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah had previously expressed optimism about the airline’s progress, stating that ticket sales would commence by the end of May, with flights taking to the skies in June or July.

READ: Africa: Global Ghana Airlines Delays Inaugural Flight

However, as the calendar progresses, Ashanti Airlines and its partner Zotus Group, led by former footballer Emile Heskey, have yet to unveil their logo or make tickets available for purchase. Sources reveal that the crucial AOC certification process remains incomplete, and the airline has yet to acquire aircraft for its operations.

Notably, Ashanti Airlines is backed by Ghanaian business mogul Osei Kwame Despite, co-founder of the Despite Group of Companies, and his partner Ernest Ofori Sarpong.

Ghana has been without a national airline since the collapse of Ghana International Airlines in 2010, following the demise of Ghana Airways in 2004. Despite previous attempts to establish a new home-based carrier, such as partnerships with Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir, no definitive outcomes have been achieved.

In light of these challenges and the need for a sustainable national airline, a new committee was established to assess and evaluate all proposals, following the integration of the erstwhile Ministry of Aviation into the Ministry of Transport. The path to realizing Ghana’s own airline continues to be marked by hurdles and delays, emphasizing the complexity of this endeavor.

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Africa: Delayed Takeoff: Ghana Airlines Faces Hurdles Despite Promised Launch Date

by Atqnews
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Despite earlier assurances and optimistic projections, Ghana Airlines, a public-private initiative aimed at establishing a home-based carrier, is grappling with delays and challenges, pushing back its anticipated commercial debut.

According to mobile.ghanaweb.com, initial promises had hinted at ticket sales starting in April and May, with commercial flights expected to take off by June-July of 2023. However, the reality appears to be different, as the airline’s readiness to take flight remains uncertain.

Ashanti Airlines, in partnership with the financial firm Zotus Group, emerged as the winning bidder for this ambitious venture last year. They promptly embarked on the process of acquiring the necessary certifications from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the aviation sector regulator.

READ: Aviation: West African country Ghana to launch new national carrier, Ghana Airlines in 2023

Ashanti Airlines, which already held an Air Carrier License (ACL) before securing the tender, diligently submitted its documentation to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). This secondary certification is a legal requirement for airlines before they can commence commercial scheduled and non-scheduled flights.

Transport Minister Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah had previously expressed optimism about the airline’s progress, stating that ticket sales would commence by the end of May, with flights taking to the skies in June or July.

READ: Africa: Global Ghana Airlines Delays Inaugural Flight

However, as the calendar progresses, Ashanti Airlines and its partner Zotus Group, led by former footballer Emile Heskey, have yet to unveil their logo or make tickets available for purchase. Sources reveal that the crucial AOC certification process remains incomplete, and the airline has yet to acquire aircraft for its operations.

Notably, Ashanti Airlines is backed by Ghanaian business mogul Osei Kwame Despite, co-founder of the Despite Group of Companies, and his partner Ernest Ofori Sarpong.

Ghana has been without a national airline since the collapse of Ghana International Airlines in 2010, following the demise of Ghana Airways in 2004. Despite previous attempts to establish a new home-based carrier, such as partnerships with Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir, no definitive outcomes have been achieved.

In light of these challenges and the need for a sustainable national airline, a new committee was established to assess and evaluate all proposals, following the integration of the erstwhile Ministry of Aviation into the Ministry of Transport. The path to realizing Ghana’s own airline continues to be marked by hurdles and delays, emphasizing the complexity of this endeavor.

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