Showing posts with label Trade Air. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trade Air. Show all posts

Friday, August 24, 2012

► GHANA: More woes for CTK CiTylinK as it loses its leased Fokker 100 over unpaid bills.

Citylink Ghana In a sign that times are getting even tougher for Ghanaian domestic carrier CTK CiTylinK Airlines (CTQ), it has emerged that its Fokker 100 (MSN: 11407 | 9A-BTD), wet leased only recently in May of this year, has been returned to its owner, Croatia's Trade Air, as a result of the airline's inability to pay its leasing fees.

The airline suspended operations nearly 2 weeks ago.

CTK Citylink Airlines Fokker 100 in happier times.
CTK's now ex-Fokker 100 in happier times.
Switzerland's CH-Aviation reports that the aircraft has already been ferried from Accra to Europe where it is currently operating a short term ACMI contract on behalf of a Slovak client.

As competition on Ghana's domestic and regional routes heats up,  and with fares being slashed to as low as GH₵50 (USD25) for a one way flight from Accra to Kumasi - a flight that usually costs GH₵100 (USD50) - it seems increasingly likely that CTK CiTylinK will be the first casualty in the price war.

Monday, May 21, 2012

► GHANA: CTK CiTylinK Airlines leases Fokker 100.

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Ghanaian domestic airline CiTylinK Airlines, has summer-leased a Fokker 100, 9A-BTD, from Croatia-based Trade Air. From its website, the airline operates scheduled and charter flights, in addition to medical evacuation flights, and offers cartographic services as well.

At present, CTK CiTylinK serves Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale and Sunyani using a mix of SAAB 340s and Let 410s.

CiTylinK Airlines' Fokker 100 leased from Trade Air.
CiTylinK Airlines' Fokker 100 leased from Trade Air.
This comes at a time when West Africa is seeing significant growth in its aviation sector, with Ghana in particular, seeing its fair share of recent start ups such as Starbow Airlines, Fly540, and soon, EasyJet linked LCC FastJet, all vying for a slice of the local aviation pie.