Domestic Airlines operating in the country are asking domestic flight passengers to bear with them as there would be more delays in flights during this harmattan season. According to the airlines though their aircraft are in good shape, they have had to cancel or delay flights for safety reasons due to the poor visibility. The harmattan, which is characterised by poor visibility, has forced some domestic airlines to cancel or delay flights to Tamale where the harmattan is particularly strong. The Harmattan weather which has no respect for anybody prevented the President of Ghana John Mahama from landing in Tamale on Saturday.
The Presidential flight which ha the President Mahama and his entourage to Tamale had to turn back to Kumasi for safe landing due to the poor visibility and go by road to the North to join the people of Dagbon in this year?s Damba festival held at Yendi. However, flights to Kumasi, Sunyani and Takoradi have been on schedule with some of them also delayed. Speaking to Citi Business News Chief Executive Officer of Starbow Airline James Eric Antwi said his outfit is putting adequate measures in place to ensure safe take off and landing during this season.
?Sometimes is good in the morning, the weather forecast that comes in the morning indicates whether or not there would be delays in our flights, therefore passengers would have to wait because is a safety issue which is important. Remember that all the airlines fly the same route so if there is a problem its affects all of us. This makes it very difficult because there is no alternative arrangement. The only alternative arrangements is by road and our passengers do understand that they are safer going on the flight so they always wait.?
We have taking the pain to inform passengers or travelers ahead of time if there is going to be delays in the flights arrangements due to the reports we receive with regards to poor visibility. – Chief Executive Officer of Starbow said
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