Government has signed an agreement with Doha-based Qatar Airways for the Middle Eastern airline to start scheduled flights between Accra and Doha, while Air Namibia – which pulled out of the country some four years ago – has started discussions to re-start operations this year.
Passengers travelling to the Middle East, Far East and South East Asian Countries are expected to benefit from reduced fares – given the anticipated competition between Qatar, Emirates and Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines.
Aviation Minister Ms. Cecilia A. Dapaah said: “We have signed an agreement with Qatar Airways. Air Namibia wants to come back, and I believe other airlines are also considering coming over”.
She was speaking at the 2nd Aviation Breakfast Meeting organised by AviationGhana, an aviation-oriented PR organisation and online news portal, in collaboration with the Board of Airlines under the auspices of the Aviation Ministry.
The start of scheduled flights into Accra will make it the second city in the West Africa sub-region, behind Lagos, that the government-owned Qatar Airways serves.
The airline already has deep footprints in East, South and North Africa. It offers flights between Doha and Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Entebbe, Kigali, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, and Khartoum among others – all in East Africa. In Southern Africa, the airline operates flights to and from Windhoek, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Maputo.
By Dominic Andoh (email@example.com)