Ghana to name national carrier ‘GhanaAirlines’

Ghanaians is to have a new national carrier starting from 2023 in line with the government’s vision to make Ghana an aviation hub in West Africa with the airlines  known as “GhanaAirlines”.

It is believed  that shareholders and partnership agreements had been signed with a selected strategic partner for the home-based carrier.

Ghana has not had a national airline since 2006 when Ghana International Airline became defunct, but in October 2020, the government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with EgyptAir for the establishment of a new flag carrier.

The government is expected  to maintain a 10 per cent shareholding in the new airline, with the majority of shares to be held by private investors.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta said that to open up the country for efficient movement of people, goods and services and promote tourism, the upgrading of the Tamale Airport was completed and undergoing operational readiness and transfer (ORAT).

He said the Tamale Airport would serve the Sahelian Region and also as an alternative to KIA.

“Mr Speaker, Phase II of Kumasi Airport Expansion Project is fully completed while Phase III is 89.33 per cent complete.

“Additionally, a draft feasibility report on the Central/Western Region Airport was submitted and is being subjected to stakeholder engagement,” he said.

He said in line with the government’s policy to improve air connectivity, boost trade and tourism, the MoT rehabilitated, commissioned, and operationalised the Sunyani Airport.

He said the construction of Phase II of the airport would commence in 2023. The scope of work will include extension of the existing runway, and the existing terminal building will undergo expansion and remodeling.