Africa: Why I opened a private jet terminal in Ghana, CEO McDan Group

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The Chief Executive of the McDan Group, Daniel Mckorley, has hinted that the idea behind the opening of the new private jet terminal is to create jobs for the teeming Ghanaian youth.

According to him, there are enormous opportunities in the aviation industry which he expects local entrepreneurs to take advantage of especially with the coming in of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement as well as Ghana hosting its secretariat according to myjoyonline.com.

Speaking to Journalists after an official ceremony to open the biggest private jet terminal in sub Saharan Africa, Daniel McKorley emphasised his commitment to supporting the growth of the Ghanaian economy.

“I built this facility to create jobs for the youth because I see a lot of opportunities in the sector that we as businesses and entrepreneurs can leverage to alleviate the suffering of our youth in both Ghana and Africa as a whole.”

READ: Africa: Why Ghana Airport Suspended Inauguration Of McDan Aviation Private Jet Terminal At Kotoka International Airport

“The idea of a private jet terminal is to target all business players that want to catch up with a short business in the country or close some deals and catch a flight within some short possible time” he said.

First of its kind in the sub-region, McDan Aviation’s private jet services will cater for high-end clientele with a sense of optimising luxury, and for corporate executives seeking to leverage quick and efficient commute for the purpose of business.

The occasion which was graced by captains of industry and business owners was used as a platform to unveil services to be offered by the terminal which is situated at the Kotoka International Airport.

It will be recalled that the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), recently suspended the inauguration of the private jet terminal at Kotoka International Airport (KIA), which is to be operated by McDan Aviation for failure to comply with the terms and conditions for the use and operations of Terminal 1 as a Private terminal.

According to atqnews.com, a letter signed by the Managing Director, GACL, YAW Kwakwa and sent to Mcdan Aviation, said: “We refer to our earlier discussions and subsequent directive to suspend the inauguration of the Private jet Terminal at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) until all the necessary operational requirements and obligations are met.

“We note with concern, your failure to comply with the directive despite the outstanding issues on the prior terms and conditions for the use and operations of Terminal 1 as a Private Jet terminal.
“Management has consequently directed the suspension of your use of Terminal 1 until further notice.
“You are kindly requested to relinquish the keys to enable Management undertake a joint inventory by close of business day, Monday 31 January, 2022”.

Similarly, Union Members of the Ghana Airport Company Limited, have commended the management for boldly calling out Mcdan Aviation over various infractions and total disregard to the operating procedures at the airport.

The Union in a statement said airport operations are heavily regulated by Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), adding that this is to ensure the safe, orderly, secured running of airports and aerodromes across the world.

The Union said: “Any infractions of same, should be of interest to all well-meaning Ghanaians especially the teeming workers who are likely to be affected in the event of a closure or downgrading of the airport because of breaches.

“It is against this background that we view Messrs McDan Aviation’s actions as very unfortunate and undermines the progress made in the aviation sector so far.”

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