In this edition some of the topical aviation industry stories between January 24 and 29, 2022 which are of relevance to Ghanaian travellers and readers are summarized as follows:
RwandAir Offering Discounted Sales for South African Flights
RwandAir has announced a 20% discount on its fares for its customers travelling to/from South Africa.
Per the terms, travellers are to use the promo code WBPROMO20 to enjoy the discount. Also, the offer will run until February 28, 2022, and will be valid for travel until December 10, 2022.
Bad Weather Forces Delta to Cancel Flights between New York and Accra
Strong winds and snow in some parts of the United States have forced Delta Air Lines and others to cancel some of their flight operations. As of the time of putting this piece together, Delta had its flights between New York and Accra cancelled for January 28 and 29, 2022.
Ethiopian Airlines Resumes Operations to Dubai
Ethiopian Airlines has announced the resumption of passenger services to Dubai effective January 29, 2022. Passengers departing from Accra via its hub in Addis Ababa will have to check the airline’s website for covid-19 protocols for entry into Dubai via transit points.
McDan Aviation Opens Ghana’s First Private Jet Terminal
McDan Aviation on January 28, 2022, officially inaugurated Ghana’s first commercial private jet operations terminal at the Kotoka International Airport. The company will operate chartered flight services among others from KIA’s Terminal 1 for corporate entities and private citizens with financial capabilities.
Facilities within the terminal are a conference room, VIP lounge, presidential suite, among others.
Royal Air Maroc Preparing to Resume Operations in February
According to multiple reports in Morocco, Royal Air Maroc is preparing to resume operations to and from Morocco on February 7, 2022. The decision follows the suspension of all operations by the airline on
December 29, 2021, after the government of Morocco, closed its borders.
United Opens Flight Training School
United Airlines this week opened its flight training school in Arizona to train pilots as part of its plans to recruit at least 10,000 new pilots by 2030.
The United Aviate Academy which seeks to train at least 5,000 pilots for the airline by 2030 has 80% of its first class of students being women or people of colour.
GACL Calls on McDan to Postpone Inauguration of Private Jet Terminal
The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) in a strongly-worded letter dated January 28, 2022, called on McDan Aviation to postpone the inauguration of the commercial private jet terminal at the Kotoka International Airport. The GACL attributes its reason to the persistent disregard of aviation safety and security procedures by McDan.
Despite GACL’s letter, the event came off as planned on January 28, 2022.
Fully Vaccinated Persons to Travel to the UK Without Covid-19 Tests
The UK Government has announced that all persons who have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 will no longer be required to undergo any further covid-19 tests entry tests when travelling to the UK effective 4 am on February 11, 2022.
Persons below 18years will be classified as fully vaccinated.
Baby Jet Airlines not relocating to Cote D’Ivoire
The Management of Ghanaian registered airline company, Baby Jet Airlines has indicated that contrary to social media reports, it will not be relocating its headquarters to Cote D’Ivoire.
Reports on social media were that Asamoah Gyan, a former captain of the national team was relocating his business due to the bureaucracy affecting its commercialization plans.
Insurance Commission Debunks Reports of Compulsory Insurance Purchase for Arriving International Travellers
The National Insurance Commission has called on the general public especially international travellers arriving in Ghana to disregard reports of compulsory purchase of an insurance policy dubbed Akwaaba Insurance effective March 2022.
The commission says at the moment such a policy has not been approved yet.
Despite Seeking to Partner Government Establish National Airline
According to media reports, the owner of the Despite Group of Companies, Osei Kwame Despite has expressed interest in helping to partner with the government in setting up a national airline for Ghana. Per the reports, he intends to establish an airline company, Ashanti Airlines to partner with the government.
Mark Ofosu || Twitter: M__ofosu