There are indications that the Government of Ghana may have settled for Ashanti Airlines, an indigenous airline, as the country’s new national carrier ahead of carriers in the continent such as Ethiopian Airlines and Egypt Air.
According to yen.com.gh, it is not yet clear when the airline will start operation. However, rumours say operations could start by the end of this year since the company has started looking for qualified people to employ.
Ashanti Airlines edged ahead of JNH Group and Ethiopian Airlines to win the bid as operator of Ghana’s national flag carrier.
Ghana has been struggling to revive its national carrier since the collapse of Ghana International Airlines in 2010. Before this, Ghana Airways also collapsed in 2004.
Since then, the country has been trying to set up a new home-based carrier without much success. Previous MoUs with Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir at different times fell on the rocks.
Subsequently, a committee to vet proposals for a new national carrier was set up, leading to the selection of Ashanti Airlines.
A new name is scheduled to be selected for the new national carrier.
YEN.com.gh has meanwhile reported in a separate story that airline travel in Africa has not had the same commercial success as in most first-world countries. One cause could be the high costs associated with flying.
However, you will be surprised to learn that domestic airlines in nations such as Ghana are known to offer reasonable and economical fares. The West African country has many airline operators, but picking the best is difficult.