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Ghana and Qatar Airways sign agreement

Ghana’s Ministry of Aviation has inked an agreement with Qatar Airways, which is getting ready to enter the country’s aviation market.

Ghana’s Minister of Aviation, Cecilia Dapaah, announced the development during a meeting with aviation stakeholders. The gathering was set up by Aviation Ghana with the theme, “Creation of An Aviation Hub: The Role of Airlines.”

Dapaah disclosed highlights of the Ministry from the past year and relayed to participants that a lot of positive developments were happening, which could help make Ghana a bustling aviation hub in the sub-region.

Since last year, the Ministry had been able to sign an agreement with Qatar Airways, she said. She added that Air Namibia, which left Ghana four years ago due to low tariffs, is angling to make a comeback.

Air Namibia was projected to give South African Airways some healthy competition but this failed to come to fruition.

The Minister also shared that some concerns that were brought up during last year’s gathering, were still being resolved. This included the recommendation for the removal of the import duties on aircraft spare parts, waiver of airport tariffs for airline employees and the negative impact of harmattan on air navigation services.

Dapaah mentioned that the issue of the doing away of import duties on aircraft spare parts has already been forwarded to the Minister of Finance for “fair consideration.”

She added that substantial development was being made on major airport projects all across Ghana. Among them is the work that is being done on Terminal 3 of the

Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra. Already 87% finished, this project is expected to be completed this April

But with the good came the bad, as Dapaah pointed out there was problem with the country’s domestic airline sector.

She said, “We now have a problem with our domestic airlines provision because ours is now saddled with the huge responsibility of meeting the demands and I am sure it is also affecting the big guys.”

But the Director-General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Simon Allotey, relayed that major investments were being made to bolster air navigation services in Ghana.

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