Africa World Airlines (AWA), the leading air carrier in Ghana, will launch the first commercial flights into the newly commissioned airport in Wa, Upper West region of Ghana, on 15 October 2019.
The airport has recently been allocated the identifier code “WZA” by IATA, signifying its readiness for scheduled flight services.
According to a press release signed by the Minister for Aviation, Ghana, Joseph Kofi Adda, the commissioning of the new airport reaffirms government’s commitment to promote seamless air travel and connectivity within the country, adding that the WA Regional Airport would be opened for commercial flights by AWA.
The minister said the commencement of commercial flight operations to the Wa Regional airport is due to the successful testing and confirmation of the Pavement Condition Number (PCN) of the runway and other facilities that meet international standards of safety.
He stated that the feat has been achieved in collaboration with the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the local airlines operating in the country.
He said: “This forms part of government’s pledge to encourage and support local airlines and entrepreneurs to set up strong private airlines that can fully utilize all the nation’s route rights in line with government’s vision to make Ghana an Aviation Hub within the sub-region.
“It is expected that the commencement of commercial flights to Wa will further promote economic and commercial activities between the Upper West Region and the various regional capitals in the country. Government commits to assisting local airlines to replicate same in other regional airports.”
Richard Kyereh, AWA’s Head of Commercial , said flights to the newly commissioned airport will run three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings from Accra with a short stop in Tamale.
He added that: “Promotional fares begin at 99 Ghana Cedis each way between Tamale and Wa; and 299 Ghana Cedis each way between Accra to Wa. Convenient seamless connections are available from Kumasi and Takoradi via AWA’s hub in Accra.
“The decision to launch this service is part of AWA’s commitment to providing safe and affordable air transportation to all Ghanaians. This new airport in the Upper West will help boost existing business travel to the region, as well as create new opportunities for tourists exploring Mole National Park and its surroundings,” he said.