Thursday, November 1, 2012

► COTE D'IVOIRE: Ghana's Starbow Airlines to add Abidjan from 8 November; Freetown, Monrovia to follow by year end.

Starbow AirlinesGhana's Starbow  Airlines (S9) are set to launch ops from its hub in Accra, Ghana to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire effective Thursday 8 November 2012, according to the carrier's Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Brock Friesen, who made the announcement at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday.     

A Starbow's BAe146-300
A Starbow BAe146-300
According to Friesen, the Abidjan flights were put together with the business market in mind; flight times would ensure that business people are able to fly to Abidjan in the evening at 1730 hours, have a full day to work the following day and return with the evening flight, which leaves Abidjan at 1930 hours.   

This, he said, would reduce costs for business people, who currently have to pay for two nights stay in hotels to do a day’s work.

Starbow Airlines(S9): Accra (Ghana) - Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
- Effective 8 November 2012
  • S9204 ACC 1730 - 1830 ABJ 143 | 12457
  • S9205 ABJ 1930 - 2030 ACC 143 | 12457
Source [Amadeus] 

Starbow's current & future routes
Starbow's current & future routes (Starbow)
Friesen went on to add that Starbow’s success on the domestic routes and the experience and expertise built from their first regional route meant “it would grow and quickly; with frequency and with quality service, adding that, the ticket prices are cheaper than what is known in this market.

Abidjan will be Starbow's second regional route after flights to Cotonou, Benin started in August of this year. 

In order to achieve its long term goal of serving 12 countries, of which three routes including Freetown (Sierra-Leone) and Monrovia (Liberia) are due to be added by the end of December, the airline intends to add aircraft to its current fleet of BAe146-300s, though from whom, is still uncertain.