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Ghana needs a national airline to become an aviation hub: RwandAir

  02.11.2016    

The government's plan to improve Ghana's aviation industry to turn it into a hub for domestic, regional and international flights within the West African sub-region could be achieved if it re-established its national airline, says RwandAir country manager Dennis Rwiliriza.
"A national carrier does a lot to also build the country, so I would say it's a total link to the launching of a national airline. The facility in terms of the airport definitely needs to be able to accommodate that," said Mr Rwiliriza, reported Citifmonline in Accra.
"So the fact that it's being increased right now, and at a very impressive rate, I can see the works are very much ongoing that essentially will enable the hub effect to take place," he said.
His comments come as the government is yet to complete the processes required to launch a new national airline. The Transport Ministry has since denied earlier reports that a national airline would begin operations in October.
According to the chief director at the Ministry, Twumasi Ankrah Selby, the processes involved may require an extended time to complete.
In a bid to realise the goal of creating an aviation hub in Ghana, the cost of aviation fuel has been reduced and some of the country's airport terminals have been expanded.
Mr Rwiliriza believes the objective would be achievable if Ghana works to create a holistic aviation sector.
"Obviously there has to be a feed; an agreed feed that's really what constitutes a hub. Where is the traffic going to come from? It should be international if it's going to be rated a hub and it should be able to handle large volumes of in and out transit has to be seamless," he stressed.
President Mahama reiterated the objective to create an aviation hub at the inauguration of a newly constructed air cargo centre. The multi-million dollar Ghana Air Cargo Centre has the capacity to handle hundred thousand tonnes of cargo. The GACC is a joint partnership between Air Ghana and Ghana Airports Co Ltd.



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