Africa: Ghanaian aviation authorities reject British Airways decision to switch London-Accra operation from Heathrow to Gatwick airport

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The Ghanaian Ministry of Aviation has reject the decision by United Kingdom carrier, British Airways to operate its Ghana Services from London Gatwick Airport instead of the Heathrow airport without due consultation with the agency.

A statement by the ministry of aviation informing air traveller in the country said this means that all London-Accra-London bound BA flights would originate and terminate at London Gatwick Airport.

The ministry state the carrier had intimated the ministry via letter that the new schedule is expected to start in the forthcoming summer.

It statement said: “Following this the Ministry of Aviation convened a meeting at the instance of the then minister, Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda, to discuss the matter and to register its displeasure about the way and manner the decision was taking without due consultation with the Ghanaian Authorities. At the said meeting, the BA team promised to provide further information and data analysis to support their reason for the change of their service from London Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Airport and to enable Government of Ghana to take a final position on the matter. The BA team is yet to provide any information s promised.

“Consequently, the Ministry in a letter to the BA Authorities, reject the changes and categorically informed British Airways that “For Avoidance of doubt, we are unable to accept the changes in the London-Accra-London flights originating from Gatwick Airport”.

The ministry informed air travellers in the country that it does not support the stance of BA adding that it is engaging the BA authorities to rescind their decision and respect the position of the government of Ghana and uphold the mutual interest of the two countries.

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