Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah has informed the House of Representatives’ Roads and Transport Committee that a company has been chosen to run the national airline GhanaAirlines.
His prediction is that by 2023, “GhanaAirlines” would “fly the flag of Ghana” and begin operations.
After parliament granted GH1.2 billion for the Transport Ministry and its agencies to carry out operations for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, the Minister of Transport made the statements.
It’s a rise of GH33.06 per cent from the original GH921,483,000.00 budgeted for 2022. The total for the 2022 fiscal year has been adjusted to GH832,028,321.00.
According to legislative records, the Transport Ministry has spent GH461,824,396.84 as of September 2022.
Recently, the government decided on the name GhanaAirlines for the country’s new domestic airline.
Names like “Akwaaba Airlines,” “Black Star Airlines,” and “Kente Airlines” were thrown about as possibilities in the lead-up to the final decision in an attempt to find a name that would both honor Ghana’s heritage and help the business succeed.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta told lawmakers on November 24, 2022 that “Mr. Speaker, Shareholders and Partnership Agreements were signed with the selected Strategic Partner for the Home-Based Carrier which will be known as ‘GhanaAirlines.'”
This was in reference to the home-based carrier that would be rebranded as “GhanaAirlines.”
It has been claimed that Ashanti Airlines has been chosen as the preferred option to partner government for its new home-based airline, however the finance minister did not disclose any specifics about the prospective partners and stockholders.
It is also believed that business tycoons Osei Kwame Despite and Dr. Ernest Ofori-Sarpong are very close to finalizing the financial arrangements for their airline, Ashanti Airlines, so that it may begin operations in 2023.
Ashanti Airlines currently has an Air Carrier License (ACL) and is working toward receiving an Air Operator Certificate (AOC), which is necessary for the company to conduct certain types of commercial air transport.
Ever since Ghana Airways went bankrupt in 2004 and Ghana International Airlines followed suit in 2010, the country has been left without a national carrier capable of conducting international flight operations.
A new committee was established to examine all plans under the previous Aviation Ministry, which is now being handled by the Ministry of Transport, after attempts to re-establish a national carrier ran into trouble despite the signing of many MoUs with Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir.
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