Government has activated preparations towards the progressive resurrection of the defunct National airline carrier, Ghana Airways. The Aviation Ministry revealed that government has granted policy approval for the establishment of a national airline but the Aviation Ministry.
However, Deputy Minister of Aviation, Kwabena Darko Mensah, said government is mindful that the difficulties that culminated in the collapse of the Airline some years back may still persist, hence it is of prime importance to tread cautiously on this one to avert those difficulties.
According to him, the key factors in looking for a near perfect approach are sustainability and transparency.
He added that although the new airline is a government initiative, it will see some collaboration from the private sector.
“We are not in a rush,” he said, “we are now working throughout the processes to make sure that we set an airline that is sustainable.”
Now that we have gotten the approval, ours is to make sure that we are open up the system to a transparent process and make sure the right people get in and they can partner the government to set up the national airline,” Hon. Darko Mensah disclosed.
Ghana Airways was run down by the first NDC government through debts and legal disputes as well as wanton abuse by officials of state.
In 2014, Ghana signed an agreement with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the World Bank for the provision of the technical services needed for the establishment of a national carrier and the engagement of a private partner with a track record in the management of airlines.
In a related development, the Deputy Aviation Minister revealed that the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority had received interests from several airlines, including Qatar Airways, to start operations in the country.
He hinted on an impending move by the Ministry to begin granting approvals for these airlines to begin full scale operations in 2018.
The coming into also announced plans by the government to upgrade facilities at the Kumasi airport to international status as well as complete the upgrading of the Ho airport.