Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor II, Paramount Chief of the Buipe Traditional Area in the Savannah Region, has called for more investment in aviation in northern Ghana to improve traveling.
With mirth, Buipewura Jinapor commended Goldstar Air, a private airline company, for adding to the airlines already operating in Ghana, and on its planned opening up of the norther sector.
“Many people prefer air travel from the northern part of Ghana to Accra, but it seems the aircraft are not enough,” he said.
He cited the case of Africa World Airlines, owned by Togbe Afede, which flies five times a day yet demands for tickets keep increasing.
Buipewura Jinapor made the call when Goldstar Air presented a citation to honour him as a “Zealous defender” and “Indefatigable leader.”
The citation was signed by Mr Eric Bannerman, the Chief Executive Officer of Goldstar Air, and presented to the Buipewura at his Palace.
It reads: “His Royal Majesty Buipewura Jinapor II, for your tenacity as a zealous defender in the Gonja Traditional Area and your indefatigable leadership as the Overlord of the Buipe Traditional Area, in your honour Goldstar Air will name one of our aircraft after you.”
Alhaji Hamza Saaka, the Air Marshal of Goldstar Air, in a telephone interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the citation came some days after Goldstar Air had presented sanitizers, face shields, and liquid detergents to the Traditional Area to protect celebrants against the Covid-19 during the Buipe Dambai Traditional Festival.
Goldstar Air was getting ready to operate in Africa and 12 other destinations in Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean and North America, he said.
“It is worth dying for a nation that honours its living heroes and heroines and, as a result, the company believes it is appropriate to honor distinguished Ghanaians,” he said.
“Goldstar Air will construct a 250 x 250 x 75 hangar in Tamale for aircraft maintenance and refurbishment, as well as use the Tamale Airport as our second hub.”
“The Airline is planning the Goldstar City project, which will be located in Tamale and will contain housing, a training school, and other amenities for our engineers, pilots, cabin crew, and other staff.”
When fully functional, the facility would create new commercial prospects while opening up northern Ghana to the rest of the world, Alhaji Saaka said.
“Our goal as Ghanaians is to create a cutting-edge aviation sector capable of competing in worldwide markets in terms of safety, quality, dependability, timeliness, efficiency, and prices.”