Africa: AWA makes Aviation History as the first Ghanaian Airline to Fly into Abuja

Ghana’s leading carrier, African World Airline, AWA, made history today, as it became first airline from Ghana to operate into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The airline made its first into the airport about 3pm in the evening.

The airline had earlier in January indicated that it will increase its offering on its regional and domestic routes scaling-up its operations.

The Accra-based airline, which currently operates regional flights to Lagos, said it is looking to bring in more equipment and increase its offering to the populous West African country.

According to, Captain Samuel Thompson, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the airline said: “We intend to increase our frequencies to our destinations that are good.
We intend to maintain a regular three or more flight to Lagos a day, increase our frequency to Kumasi and Tamale.”

AWA in December 2013 started servicing the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and has sustained the service over the past four years to the admiration of patrons; on a route also serviced by Arik, Aero and Med-view.

“We have cemented our presence on the Nigerian market. We are going to increase our frequency to the Nigerian market and we want to set the bar so high that anybody coming in will find it difficult,” Captain Thompson noted.

“We will develop new routes with the Embraer 145 that we have. We have three now and we are bringing in two by the end of January and then in the middle of the year, we will bring in a bigger airplane. It will definitely be a bigger aeroplane with two classes.

“When our bigger aircraft arrives it will be a mix of the smaller one and the bigger one on the Accra-Lagos route. Nigeria is the most populous country in the continent with about 180 million people which is almost 200 million. Even domestic travel within Nigeria is a big time business, so for anybody who is operating any airline along the West Coast, the market you have to look at is Nigeria. So, we want to let the Nigerian travellers know that AWA is reliable, efficient and consistent. The Nigerian market is good.

In just four years of operating in the aviation industry, leading Ghanaian carrier, Africa World Airline (AWA) has become a darling airline to air travellers in Ghana and Nigerian.
Africa World Airlines was incorporated on November 15, 2010 as a joint-venture between HNA Group (China) — parent company of Hainan Airlines, the only Skytrax rated five-star airline in China, founded in 1993; SAS Finance Group (Ghana); China-Africa Development Fund (CAD-Fund, China); and the Social Security and National Insurance (SSNIT).

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