Jumat, 05 Oktober 2012



GHANA’S fifth domestic airline, Africa World Airline (AWA), has launched its commercial operations to boost the local economy and enhance travel by both local and foreign investors in the country.

AWA is a joint venture between the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), the Strategic African Securities (SAS), both of Ghana, and Hainan Airlines of China.
It now joins Antrak Air, CityLink, Starbow Airline and Fly 540 on the domestic airline market.

The founder of the airline, Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, said at the launch yesterday that the airline would begin its first commercial flight from Accra to Kumasi and subsequently to the other major destinations including Tamale and Takoradi.

He expressed optimism that as the market condition of the airline increased, so would the fleet of the airline.
“We expect to have a large fleet size and this will mean large operations to enable us to offer competitive fares so that our customers will have value for money,” he explained.

Togbe Afede XIV assured Ghanaians of reliability and safety on board the flight.

In his address, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Gong Jianzhong, said the establishment of AWA was an important milestone for China-Africa co-operation in the aviation sector.

He expressed confidence that with the participation of the shareholders, the airline would play an important role in promoting Ghana’s regional position as the logistics and passenger centre in West Africa.

He further affirmed the Chinese government’s readiness to work continuously and closely with the Government of Ghana to enhance mutual beneficial co-operation to create a better environment for investment.

Mr Gong also expressed optimism that China-Ghana joint ventures would contribute to the economic development of the country.

The Minister of Tourism, Madam Akua Sena Dansua, lauded the effort of the airline to boost domestic tourism in the country.

She encouraged the airline to spread its tentacles wider to the other tourism sectors in the country in order to encourage local travel in the country.

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