African: Aviation strike cost Domestic Airlines in Ghana as union targets international flights

Unionized workers of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority have threatened to withdraw essential services to international airlines if government fails to meet their demands.

The irate workers grounded domestic flights on Saturday, after they embarked on a strike to drive home demands for the release of the 640 acres of land belonging to the GCAA that has been encroached upon by government.
The Chief of Staff, whose intervention led to the resumption of domestic flight on Saturday afternoon, called the meeting to find an end to the impasse.

However, the meeting with the Chief of Staff ended inconclusively.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources offered the authority 20 acres of land out of 640 acres of land at the La Nkwantanan near Adenta but the workers rejected the offer.

Spokesperson for the workers, William Amoako, in an interview with Joy FM said “It is our desire to have the whole land because we have a land use plan for every piece of the land.”

He said they cannot guarantee smooth operations of domestic flights until their demands are met.
Asked if this could extend to international airline operators, Amoako said “yes,” adding that “there is even a possibility of extending it to departures and arrivals.

Domestic airlines are reeling from Saturday strike action by the traffic controllers at the Kotoka International Airport.

The CEO of Starbow, James Eric Antwi, lamented about the impact of the strike action in an interview with Accra based Citi FM. According to him, he recorded losses of almost GHC150,000 due to the strike action.

Antwi said: “We cancelled three flights. These included flights to Takoradi and Kumasi. Well, if you talk in terms of money, it will cost between GHC120,000 to GHC150,000… so in terms of money and inconveniences, it’s been very bad.”

Ground Operations Manager at Africa World Airlines (AWA), Rainer Yeboah also said they had to refund money to passengers they could not fly.

“We had to refund monies to some passengers. Some customers were asking why we couldn’t fly them to their respective destinations, which of course was also beyond our control,” Ms Yeboah said.
“I cannot give you the actual figures but we are talking of costs in the region of GHC50,000,” she conclude.



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