New Ghanaian airline to hit the skies in September

plane  nathanmac87The airline has plans to expand its service outside Africa within a period of five years. (Image source: nathanmac87/Flickr)Africa World Airline, a new Ghana-based joint venture airline, will hit the skies on September 21, 2012

This US$50 million enterprise is a joint venture between Ghanaian organisation Social Security and National Insurance Trust, Ghana’s Strategic African Securities (ASA) and Hainan Airlines of China.

The airline will have just two aircrafts during its initial period of service, although there are plans to expand and fly to destinations outside Africa within five years.

Its initial destinations include Ouagadougou, Abidjan, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Conakry, Dakar and Banjul. The airline has plans to expand by launching services to Johannesburg, Harare, Entebbe and Luanda.

Chief executive officer of SAS Finance Group, Togbe Afede, said the airline would make travel between Accra and other African capitals smooth.

Afede thanked the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Ghana Airports Company Limited for the “phenomenal support throughout the tough, but interesting journey of African World Airlines”.

The director general of GCAA, Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey said the authority was determined to get Ghanaian airlines to enter the regional routes market aggressively.

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