Wednesday, July 3, 2013

► NIGERIA: Ghana's Africa World Airlines confident of gaining Lagos, Abuja rights despite delays.

Ghana Africa World AirlinesAfrica World Airlines (AW) has joined the growing list of Ghanaian carriers eager to break into the lucrative Nigerian market but which has thus far encountered various bureaucratic obstacles.

AWA touting its Nigeria flights
AWA touting its Nigeria flights (AWA)
According to Ghana's MyJoyOnline, Mr Samuel Razak Tachie, the Marketing Manager of Africa World Airlines, says there has been "significant progress" with plans to fly to Lagos and Abuja and he expressed "confidence" that flights to the two Nigerian cities would start before the airline's first anniversary.
If [Nigeria's] Ministry of Transport gives the go-ahead to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority then we can start”, he said.
The airline will subsequently begin flights to other West African countries once those routes are established.

Fellow Ghanaian carriers, Antrak (4O) and Fly540 Ghana (5G) have also claimed they had been tentatively granted traffic rights to Nigeria following the intervention of the Ghanaian Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Africa World Airlines (AW) is a joint venture between China's HNA Group, the China-Africa Development Fund, SSNIT (Ghana's Social Security and National Insurance Trust) and SAS Finance Group, which launched domestic operations on Friday 21 September 2012.