Stakeholders within the aviation Ghana has met in the 2nd Aviation Breakfast Meeting to discuss the role of airlines in the creation of the much touted aviation hub.
Participants included the sector minister, her deputy, leadership of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, the Ghana Airports Company and representatives of airlines operating in the country. The meeting was used to evaluate issues raised at the maiden edition last year. They included double taxation of airlines by MMDAs, removal of import duties on aircraft spare parts, high cost of Air Operators License renewal and high airport taxes.
On the current domestic flight deficit, the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Dapaah hinted that her ministry will do all it can to help African World Airlines (AWA) to meet the local market demand. AWA currently remains the country’s sole airline servicing domestic routes, a situation which continues to cause discomfort among passengers as flight demands outstrip supply.
But Aviation Minister said that they are looking are ways by which they could help AWA deal with the issue. “We are looking at various ways to make sure we help AWA resolve this issue. Nobody wished the Starbow incident will happen, but it happened and we must deal with it, so very soon we will have some positive news,” Mrs. Dapaah stated.
Following a series of incidents, the latest of which involved one of Starbow’s planes skidding off the runway during landing last November, the airline suspended its operations while regulators finish up with their investigations.
The Aviation Breakfast Meeting is organised by Aviation Ghana under the auspices of the Ministry of Aviation.