Domestic Airlines in Ghana

With the increase in the patronage of domestic tourism in Ghana, a fair number of domestic airlines have been established to make it possible for Ghanaians to reach their destinations faster at competitive rates.

In this post, Jetsanza.com lists all the domestic airlines in Ghana and their destinations.

Africa World Airlines

Africa world Airlines has been operating since 2012 and offers competitive professional domestic flight services to the people of Ghana. They have a vision to make air travel the best option for majority of travelers in Ghana.

The airline operates flights within four main cities in Ghana: Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi.

Passion Air

Passion Air started operations in 2017. It is one of the youngest domestic flights in Ghana with a fleet size of 4.

They operate flights to and fro Accra, Kumasi and Tamale and it is the largest airline based upon single aircraft passenger seating capacity.

Although they are new in the Ghana’s domestic airlines industry, Passion Air offers efficient services at competitive rates.

Aerogem Aviation Ghana Airlines

Aerogem Aviation, a Ghanaian aviation company operating non-scheduled passenger and cargo airline, as well as providing handling supervision and global flight support services started business in 2000.

The company is also into Offshore Oil operations support by providing passenger check- in assistance and fuel supply for some of the major helicopters at Takoradi, Western Region of Ghana.

Antrak Airlines

Antrak started its operations in 2003 and it’s a fully owned Ghanaian entity. They offer both cargo and passenger services for domestic, regional and international destinations.

They have competitive flight rates and provide safe, reliable and efficient services to their clients. Antrak has grown over the years to become one of the most sought-after domestic airlines in Ghana. They operate within Accra, Tamale, Takoradi, Sunyani and Kumasi.

With a good record of safety and guaranteed onboard flight services, Antrak argueably remains one of the best domestic airlines in Ghana.

Gianair

Gianair Limited started operations in 2010.

They offer charter services including private and executive charter, air cargo, emergency rescue, etc. and also offer flight services to Abidjan, Dakar, Lagos, Freetwon, Lome and other African countries. Their cargo is first class and they ensure their package arrives on time and in perfect condition.

Royal Fly – GH Airline

Royal Fly-GH is a fully owned Ghanaian Airline operating domestic flights.

Fly Ghana, which is operating as “Fly-GH”,  began operations in November 2011 and flies to Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi.

World’s Largest Aircraft Lands In Accra, Ghana

The world’s largest aircraft, Antonov An-225 Mriya, has landed at the Kotoka International Airport. The plane which was heading to Namibia to deliver COVID-19 supplies made a stop at KIA on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, to refuel before completing its journey.

The aircraft landed successfully in Ghana at around 4:00pm from Leipzig in Germany.

Namibian authorities confirmed the arrival of the aircraft and added that it carried medical equipment to help the country fight the rise of the number of coronavirus infections.

“The world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov-225, with a consignment of medical equipment and materials landed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport this afternoon.

“The consignment will be used to contain the spread of COVID-19,” Namibia’s Airports Company posted on Twitter on July 8. The post was accompanied with photos of the plane offloading its cargo.

The world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov-225, with a consignment of medical equipment and materials landed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport this afternoon.

Until hitting the skies to deliver coronavirus supplies, the world’s longest and heaviest operational aircraft, the Antonov An-225, was on a hiatus for about 10 months after its operations were paused in August 2020.

Photo: Helmuts Rudzītis via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Helmuts Rudzītis via Wikimedia Commons

Quick Facts About Antonov An-225 Mriya

Type of Aircraft Strategic Airlifter
Weight 285,000 kg
Wingspan 88.4 m
Length 84 m
Top Speed 850 km/h
Fuel Capacity 300,000kg
Cargo Capacity 250 tonnes

 

Antonov Airlines, the operator of Antonov An-225 Mriya, has operated several relief flights for transportation of coronavirus pandemic-related humanitarian and medical goods to places in need. In April 2020, the An-225 flew 100 cubic meters of medical supplies from China to Poland. This is reported to be the largest volume of cargo ever carried by plane, Simple Flying reported. The airline broke its record a week later after transporting even more supplies from China to France. It reportedly took more than 10 hours for the airport workers to unload all the cargo after the flight landed.

With a wingspan of 88.4 meters, a height of 18.2 meters, and a take-off weight of 1,410,958 pounds, the jet was designed and built in the 1980s in the Soviet Union.

How far would you go to avoid paying an overweight baggage fee?

Natalie Wynn has been trending after she wore 4kg of her cloths to avoid paying $85 overweight baggage fee at an airport in England.

Natalie didn’t have enough money and wasn’t in a position to throw her wears away so she had to wear nearly half of her cloths; seven dresses, a skirt, two pairs of shoes, two pairs of shorts and a cardigan.

Natalie Wynn managed to half her amount of cabin baggage
Credit: KENNEDY NEWS AND MEDIA

Many travelers, like myself, have been forced at some points to device all means to make sure we get our belongings on board without paying the extra charges.

If you are traveling with friends who do not carry enough baggage, they can assist you carry them on board but if you are alone, it becomes tough as no passenger is in a position to carry item of a stranger at the airport.

This is what I have done in the past …

I was forced to throw some cloths away when catching a flight from London Heathrow to Amsterdam Schiphol. I have forgotten how much I had to pay to carry the items but KLM was charging me more than the cost of the items. So it was wise enough for me to throw them away (and they were not mine).

On Emirates from Dubai to Accra, I had to keep wearing more shirts to meet the required carry-on baggage allowance.

From Frankfurt to Paris, it was cheaper for me to keep my luggage at a store room than carrying them to Paris. I only took the few items I needed for Paris and left the rest behind since I still had to return to Frankfurt to catch a flight to Accra.

What you can do …

It’s good to always travel light but this doesn’t prevent you from checking a luggage in. Trying to carry all your items in a carry-on bag without checked luggage will leave you crying should you be required to pay at the last minute to carry the overweight hand luggage. Pack everything in your checked baggage and only carry the excess in your hand baggage.

Weigh your bags at home. Ask your travel agent or airline the luggage allowance permitted by your ticket. Weigh them at home first to avoid additional costs at the airport.

If you have no means to weigh at home, go to the airport hours before your flight. In this case, you will have enough time to take any action; either calling someone to come for the excess or even send them home yourself.

Some airports have courier services that can deliver the excess to you at your destination or even send them back home for you.

Don’t always wait for the last minute, you will be forced to pay the extra fees or throw them away. If you are lucky and they are cloths, you will be able to wear them. You can’t wear two shoes but Natalie did lol.

Cheap Travel: 20 countries to see in 2020 with fares from $349 to $693

The Year 2020 is here, and one of the New Year Resolutions of many would be taking a vacation abroad. People stay away from international travels due to the high cost of air tickets. We here at Jetsanza.com have put together this piece to assist people in choosing a destination from 20 countries with the lowest airfares.

Price of Air Tickets are not fixed and not guaranteed until purchase. However, travels from January through April are more likely to get you a cheaper airfare. Jetsanza.com shared in a previous post how to go to the United Kingdom during the 2020 Easter break for less than $800. That included everything but today’s article focuses on air tickets only.

It’s quite a lengthy article, and the last page has more details on how to go about with the visa application for your prefered destination. It also includes tips on how you can play around your travel dates to get even more cheaper airfare.

All the fares quoted in this article were valid at the time of publishing for a week return trip in February 2020. You are more likely to get the same fare or something closer for travels from January to April.

Use the NEXT button on the bottom of this post to navigate to the rest of the countries.

Sao Tome and Principe

Air Fare: $349 on Tap Portugal

Travel Month: February

Top Things To Do/ Top Attractions To See

  • Watersports; Swimming, Scuba-diving, Snorkelling
  • Praia Banana
  • Pico Cao Grande
  • Cascata de Sao Nicolau
  • Museu do Mar e da Pesca Artesanal
  • Marco do Equador

Further Reading On Sao Tome And Principe

São Tomé and Príncipe: Paradise on Earth

What do airline policies say about plus-size passengers on a flight?

As the more significant number of the world’s population increases in weight and size, airlines continue to squeeze more passengers on their flights. The 17″ average seat makes it difficult for passengers with excess weight to fit comfortably in single seats.

Air travel has never been comfortable unless one is ready to pay for extra legroom or upgrade to the business or first-class cabins. Sitting next to a plus-size passenger in the already uncomfortable economy cabin can make a travel experience a discomfort one.

Passengers are turned away all the time by airlines but do not make news because they are not popular or famous. Just a few days ago, PM, the winner of Atinka TV reality show Di Asa, was denied boarding by Emirates Airline due to her size.

Did the airline err? Was it negligence of the part of PM or her agent? Or was everyone ignorant about the airline’s policy on plus-size passengers?

What’s the airlines’ policy on plus-size passengers?

Most airlines do not have a published policy on passengers with excess weight. The policy does exist and in force but not readily available to passengers unless they enquire about it.

One rule that cuts across all airlines is that passengers who cannot fit comfortably in a single seat must buy an extra seat. This is because international safety regulations on air carriage require that passengers sit with seatbelt around them with both armrests down.

Seatbelt extender is provided upon request. If passengers are still unable to buckle their seatbelt using the single seatbelt extender properly, or unable to lower both armrests without infringing upon the adjacent seat or another customer, then he/she will not be allowed to fly. Cabin crew can change their seats if the flight isn’t fully booked.

If a plus-size passenger turns up at the counter and the flight is not fully booked, an extra free seat is provided. Trouble comes when flights are fully booked. Depending on the situation, an arrangement is made for the passenger to fly at a later date.

Plus-size travellers denied boarding receive no compensation.

Air France gives 25% discount on extra seats purchased by plus-size passengers and provides full refunds if flights are not fully booked.

British Airways says: “Our customers have individual needs, so we discuss options and provide guidance on a case-by-case basis.”

Some people with excess weight have argued that these airline policies are discriminatory. They say that if customers with excess weight must pay for another seat, why aren’t tall people required to buy a second seat, so their legs don’t push into the seats in front of them? A customer with a baby who cries for the entire flight also makes passengers very uncomfortable, as does a customer wearing too much perfume. Yet, they fly for the price of one seat.

A Canadian court ruling forces airlines to accommodate passengers with excess weight by offering a second seat at no additional cost. They considered it a human right issue.

Passengers have sued and are still suing airlines for sitting next to plus-size passengers who shared their seats with them. Some claim to have suffered injuries while others say they felt discomfort throughout the flight.

Reasons you could be denied boarding on a flight

Jetsanza.com reported that PM, the winner of ‘Di Asa’ reality show was denied boarding a plane to Dubai due to her size. Many people have started asking if an airline can refuse a passenger boarding after purchasing a ticket. Others are even suggesting that PM sues the airline for killing her Dubai dreams.

Unknowing to people are plenty of reasons why you could be denied boarding.

The sad part is that you won’t be entitled to compensation unless it’s because the airline has overbooked.

Jetsanza.com has put together some of the reasons why people are denied boarding.

Travel documents

Travel document is the top reason why most people are denied boarding on a flight. If you do not hold the necessary permits required for your destination, you will be denied boarding.

Check if nationals of your country require visa to travel to your destination, or require a transit visa to use certain airlines of airports.

Some countries like Kenya, India and South Africa require that passengers hold Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificates.

If your type of visa requires that you hold a return ticket and you show up at the boarding gate with a one-way ticket, you could be denied boarding.

If it’s evident that you will be deported, airlines will deny you boarding on a flight. Airlines are penalised if any of their passengers are deported. So if they are sure that you will be deported, they will deny you boarding. A typical example is when you are not carrying certain documents or enough money.

Some airlines do not pick passengers travelling to visa-free countries or on e-visas.

Overbooked flight

Airlines overbook their flights in case of no-shows. But what if everyone shows up? When this happens, it means some of the travellers won’t get on the plane.

When this happens, airlines try to get you on other airlines. If there are no available airlines, you will have to wait for the next available flight. In this case, you are entitled to compensation provided you checked in on time. If you arrived at the counter after check-in was closed, you wouldn’t be told the flight was overbooked, and you will be denied based on the fact that you arrived late.

If the airline fails to compensate you, you can seek the advice of a lawyer.

Alcohol

If you turn up at the gate drunk and the cabin crew think you will be disruptive, they reserve the right to stop you from boarding.

If you intend to drink before your flight, drink in moderation.

Cardholder

Most airlines require that the holder of the card used in buying the ticket appears at the counter for the card to be checked due to increasing cases of card fraud. This happens when the ticket is purchased directly on the airline’s website.

If you are purchasing the ticket on the airline’s website and the cardholder can’t show up at the airport, buy from an agent’s website.

Your health

If you have any medical condition that is likely to cause the cabin crew to deny you boarding the plane, first obtain a letter from your doctor declaring you fit to travel.

You will be denied boarding if you show up at the gate very sick and your condition is likely to affect others on the flight, or at your destination.

Plus-Size Passengers

If the size of your body will not permit you to fit in a single-seat comfortably, you will be denied boarding if you failed you purchase additional seat(s). Most airlines remind obese passengers to buy extra seats if they can’t fit in a single seat.

Weight is also of concern to pilots. Plus-size travellers should contact the airline for the necessary arrangements to avoid being denied boarding on the day of travel.

Your clothes

Airlines do not have official rules on what to wear but one mum was recently booted off a flight for wearing a low-cut top.

Check the local customs at your destination in case they have rules on clothing. Also, avoid clothes with offensive inscriptions like swear words.

‘Di Asa’ winner PM denied boarding plane to Dubai due to her size

Reliable information reaching Jetsanza.com indicate that PM, winner of plus size women reality show, ‘Di Asa’, was denied boarding a plane to Dubai due to her size.

As part of the prizes for the winners of the Atinka TV’s flagship reality show was a Dubai trip for the winner and two runner ups. However, only the first and second runner ups, Maafia and Gaza, were able to make the trip leaving the winner, PM, behind.

Jetsanza.com gathers that PM, who was travelling with the other winners on Emirates, was denied boarding despite successfully checking in her luggage in person.

Few minutes before being denied boarding, PM expressed her excitement about the trip and expressed gratitude to the Atinka Media Village for the opportunities given to plus size women.

Airlines are currently dealing with hundreds of suits over passengers who felt discomfort on long-haul flights after sitting next to plus-size passengers. Emirates Airlines cannot be blamed as you (the person reading this) won’t feel comfortable sharing your seat with someone on the plane.

What options were available?

Though PM’s body mass is higher than her runner ups, she could have made the trip if measures were put in place. Airlines require that passengers who cannot comfortably fit in a single seat purchase additional seat(s) at the time of making bookings. It’s always advisable for plus size passengers to purchase all the needed seats in advance before the day of travel. Emirates Airlines require that passengers with special needs contact the airlines at least 48 hours before their trip.

International rules on air carriage require airlines to make sure passengers are seated with their seatbelts fastened during taxiing, take-off, and landing. So if the airline does not have the means to ensure your safety on board, definitely you cannot be allowed to fly.

Most airlines remind obese people they will have to buy an extra seat if they are too large to fit in a standard seat ( That’s if they buy from the airline’s office in person).

Buying more seats was the only option for PM to sit on the plane comfortably. But her case could go beyond just her size. Weight of passengers are also of concern to pilots. Less weight means less fuel. Pilots will have to load more fuel if they know they are carrying more weight.

Passenger plane carrying 196 passengers and crew catches fire

Ukrainian carrier SkyUp operating flight PQ7153 to Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh Intl Airport caught fire after landing.

According to airline website Airlive.net, the jet caught fire as result of leaking hydraulic fluid which dripped onto the aircraft’s hot brakes.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft taxied to the parking stand where CCTV footage showed a fire break out on the jet’s left landing gear.

Emergency services immediately quenched the flames and all passengers and crew on board disembarked without injury.

A spokesperson for the Egyptian civil aviation ministry said the fire ‘could have turned into a disaster’.

According to the ministry, the fire would have spread to other parts of the aircraft had staff not acted ‘professionally’.

There were 189 passengers on board.

Aircraft goes missing; all on board feared dead

The aviation industry has had a bad week with at least 41 lives lost worldwide in three accidents.

Today, Reuters reports that a jet traveling from Las Vegas, Nevada to Monterrey in northern Mexico has gone missing.

Mexican transport ministry spokesman said on Monday that the jet never reached its destination and has been lost.

Officials were looking for the aircraft and it was not yet clear if any of the passengers survived, the spokesman added.

Mexican newspaper Reforma said the plane had 11 passengers and three crew members on board.

It has later been revealed that it crashed in a mountainous area after a search-and-rescue operation found the wreckage late Monday morning.