Thursday, May 30, 2013

► NIGERIA: Ghana's Fly540 supposedly granted rights to serve Nigeria; Antrak Air to follow.

Fly540 GhanaReports out of Ghana claim that Fly540 Ghana (5G) has at last been tentatively granted traffic rights to Nigeria following the intervention of the Ghanaian Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Fly540 Ghana Nigeria

Fellow Ghanaian carrier, Antrak Air (4O), is also due to be granted rights should the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) approve their application. According to the GCAA's Director General, Air Commodore (rtd) Kwame Mamphey, other carriers have encountered problems, but he hopes to have eveything resolved with in two months.
Last week there was a team of inspectors from Nigeria to inspect Antrak air to be able to go into Nigeria and fly 540 has been given the permission to fly into Nigeria. But the others are having challenges we have communicated with the Nigerians to come in and do similar inspections but they are not coming.
Source [CitiFmonline]

Should the NCAA refuse rights to the other Ghanaian airlines,  Government will take action, as their air services agreement is based upon reciprocity with Nigeria's Arik Air (W3) and AeroContractors (AJ) currently plying Accra.

For its part, Starbow Airlines (S9) had planned Abuja ops from Q3 of 2012 while Fly540 had originally planned to launch Accra - Lagos on 24 September 2012, both of which never materialized.