The Ministry of Aviation has assured that plans are in place to attract new airlines into Ghana’s domestic aviation industry.
The assurance, comes after domestic carrier, Starbow Airlines, halted its operations in November last year, leaving Africa World Airlines (AWA) as the only domestic airline in the country.
The Minister for Aviation, Cecelia Abena Dapaah in an interview with Citi Business News said the ministry is taking the necessary steps to increase domestic airlines and also deepen competition in the industry.
Describing a recent accident that happened to Starbow as unfortunate, Madam Dapaah announced that government is supporting AWA to meet the demands for domestic airline travel.
“I believe we have a number of plans in the pipeline. Plans are going on to make sure we have other systems to support AWA. Surely, nobody wished Starbow to have that incident but it happened. So what do we do in the interim? We are putting things in place” she assured.
Madam Dapaah stated that the decision to attract investors into the domestic airline industry is also aimed at Ghana an aviation hub in the sub-region.
He maintained that government is undertaking all the steps as well as improving the infrastructure needs of the aviation industry.
Starbow Airlines halted its operations, following a crash involving one of its aircrafts at the Kotoka International Airport in 2017.
The crash, which resulted in five minor injuries, occurred after the aircraft skidded off the runway, during its take-off run.
This incident added to previous mishaps involving Starbow flights in 2014 and 2015.
By: Jessica Ayorkor Aryee/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana