Fake News That Nearly Won NPP Some Votes Refuted By Ministry Of Aviation

The Ministry Of Aviation has debunked claims being circulated by NPP loyalists on social media that President Akufo-Addo will relaunch the National Carrier.

The Ministry of Aviation has refuted reports on social media suggesting that President Akufo-Addo will today, November 29 hand over five aircraft to the Ministry to commence the operations of a home-based carrier, according to a report by GhanaWeb.

These reports won the hearts of many in the hospitality industry and applauded the president for bringing back to life the national carrier.

In a statement issued and signed by the Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, the claims are false as no agreement has been signed yet with the strategic partner so far identified.

“This would have to get the consent of Cabinet and Parliament. We wish to let the public know that we are at an advanced stage in our negotiations with EgyptAir on a Strategic Partnership arrangement to relaunch a National Flag Carrier but the matter has not yet received Cabinet and certainly not Parliamentary Approval,” the statement explained.

It continued, “These two processes are yet to be carried out, an Air Carrier License (ACL) obtained before an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) granted by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) before we can take delivery of and operate any airline or use any aircraft. It is indeed true that when Cabinet and Parliament finally do respectively approve and ratify the Partnership Agreement, the new Flag Carrier will commence operations with at least five (5) aircraft. However, we wish to state that the President is not yet delivering the aircraft as those processes have not been concluded.”

Below are some of the posts sighted by Jetsanza.com:

The Aviation Ministry, therefore, asked the general public to disregard the reports.

Meanwhile, Ghana in October this year, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EgyptAir for the establishment of a new home-based carrier.

According to reports, the choice of Cairo-based EgyptAir as the preferred strategic partner follows a series of engagements with the senior management team of the airline and the committee of aviation experts, constituted by the Aviation Ministry.

Despite the signing of an MoU in 2019 with Ethiopian Airlines to actualise the vision of a new home-based carrier, the deal was held back due to a lack of agreement over key issues such as routes, funding, and tenure of the management contract.

List of airlines that have resumed flights at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport

The Kotoka International Airport was re-opened to international traffic in September 2020 after it was closed for five months as part of measures to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

At least 13 airlines have scheduled flights from Accra to mostly European countries with connections worldwide.

EGYPTAIR

Below are the airlines that have resumed flights in Accra’s Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3 and are ready to welcome passengers on onboard.

  1. Emirates
  2. British Airways
  3. Ethiopian Airlines
  4. Asky
  5. Air France
  6. TAP Air Portugal
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  9. Middle East Airlines
  10. EgyptAir
  11. Air Cote D’Ivoire
  12. Brussels Airlines
  13. Africa World Airlines

Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport Re-opens To International Passenger Traffic

After closing the airport to human traffic five months ago as part of restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo has announced that the Kotoka International Airport will be re-opened to international passenger traffic effective September 1, 2020.

The President made this known during his 16th address to the nation on measures the government has taken to fight the spread of the virus.

Airlines and passengers are, however, required to adhere to the following measures:

  1. any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin. All airlines have been instructed to ensure compliance with this directive for all passengers wishing to travel to Ghana, and those airlines who fail in this regard will be duly sanctioned;
  2. disembarking passengers must do so wearing face masks;
  3. upon disembarking from the aeroplane, each passenger will undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test at the airport terminal, at a fee to be borne by the passenger. The test result will be available within 30 minutes;
  4. children under the ages of five will not be required to undergo testing at the airport
  5. passengers, who test positive for Covid-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management;
  6. passengers, who test negative, can, thereupon, enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities, and will be advised to continue to observe Covid-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana.

The Ministries of Information, Health and Aviation, and their respective agencies- the Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Airports Co. Ltd., and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority – will spell out in further detail the protocols surrounding the re-opening of our international airport, and the procedures to be adhered to by passengers arriving in Ghana at the Covid-19 media briefing on, Monday, August 31.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our borders, by land and sea, will continue to remain closed to human traffic until further notice,” he said.

Airlines To Pay $5 More For Using KIA Terminal 3 Counters

Effective March 1, 2019, Airline companies using the Terminal Three facility at the Kotoka International Airport will pay 5 dollars per hour for using the counters at the facility.

The new fee which is known as the Check-in Counter fee was disclosed in a letter which was sent by the Ghana Airport Company to the Airline companies.

The Check-in Counters are the counters used by the airlines to verify passengers passports, tickets and luggage.

The new fee means an airline company that uses three counters for three hours a day will now pay at least 9000 dollars every month — a cost that will definitely be passed on to passengers.

Citi Business News has also learnt that the Ghana Airport Company has served a letter to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a notice to the international community.

Airline companies in the country have been complaining about what they say is a high cost of operation in the country, citing among other charges an additional hourly charge of 120 dollars for using the aerobridges and high rent of office space at the airport.

Although the Check-in Counter fee is a standard fee paid by airlines in other jurisdictions, some airline companies in the country believe the $5 is too much and want it slashed by 50%.

“Usually the airport has consultations with the airlines on fees that are introduced. We have received a notification as such. Counter fees in principle is a practice that applies in most of our airports even around our West Africa region. But it is being introduced now at Terminal 3 which comes as an additional cost to the airlines which is why we want to see if it can be reduced,” Country Manager for South African Airways, Gloria Wilkinson Mensah told Citi Business News in an exclusive interview.

She said the operators will meet in the coming days to discuss the matter and also schedule a meeting with management of the Ghana Airport Company for renegotiations.

Citi Business News has also gathered that the new fee will be high on the agenda at the upcoming IATA African quarterly meeting to be held in Ghana later this month.

$30m oil money went into KIA Terminal 3

About $30 million of the funding required for the construction of the newly built Terminal Three of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) was sourced from oil revenues.

The figure, which represents 12 per cent of the total funding of the $250 million project, was from the Annual Budget Funding Account’s (ABFA’s) allocation to the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund’s (GIIF’s) in 2016. The remaining was sourced from Africa Development Bank and Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

The Chairman of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), Dr Stephen Manteaw, disclosed this at a workshop by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) and German Development Corporation (GIZ) in Koforidua in the Eastern Region on February 16.

He said the new terminal, which had become a tourist attraction for many travellers, received $30 million allocation from the oil proceeds.

“The newly built terminal three received $30 million from the oil proceeds through GIIF but most Ghanaians were yet to be informed about it. This is in spite of the fact that the facility was opened to the travelling public on September 15, 2018,” he said.

As a result, Dr Manteaw underscored the need for projects developed with oil proceeds to be labelled for Ghanaians to appreciate whether the oil proceeds were being utilised well or not.

“For us, labelling of projects that are being funded by proceeds from oil is critical for Ghanaians to appreciate how their resources are being used,” he said.

Towards that end, he called on the government to provide PIAC with information on all physical infrastructural projects it intended to fund with petroleum revenue this year.

Loan repayment

Checks by the GRAPHIC BUSINESS, however, indicate that the GACL had already started servicing loans secured for the construction of the terminal three with revenue from the airport tax.

The airport tax component is often paid by airlines and their passengers for using the airport facilities.

Asked whether GACL was in a better position to repay the loans, the chairman answered in the affirmative, explaining that he was optimistic that the airport authority would be able to service the loans from the various sources within the shortest possible time.

“Unlike other public institutions, GACL is properly managed without government interference in its day-to-day activities, and so we have confidence that investment used for the project will soon be returned,” he said.

2017 PIAC report

Meanwhile, presenting the 2017 PIAC report in a hall packed with journalists, Dr Manteaw explained that GIIF had so far disbursed $30 million in senior debt as partial funding of GACL’s $400 million planned new terminal building at KIA.

In addition, he said the report identified that the fund has committed to a number of projects across sectors at a cumulative cost of $142 million, bringing the fund’s total investments (including planned investments) to $172.50.

In 2017, GIIF did not invest in any short-term instruments. However, cumulative investments in short-term instruments in 2015 and 2016 stood at $63.2 million at the end of 2017, same as for 2016.

Interest gained for 2017 was GH¢26.8 million, bringing total interest since 2015 to GH¢49.3 million, or $11.2 million.

ABFA disbursements to GIIF

From the 2016 PIAC report, an amount of GH¢77.73 million was unutilised from the ABFA allocation of that year. In 2017, a further GH¢403.74 million was unutilised, bringing total amount brought forward to 2018 to GH¢481.47 million.

In accordance with Section 21 of the Petroleum Revenue Management (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act 893) and Section 5 (1b) of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund Act, 2014 (Act 877), an amount of $6.9 million (GH¢29.2 million) was transferred to the GIIF.

This amount represented 24 per cent of the capital expenditure component of the 2017 ABFA disbursements, that is GH¢122.1 million. The total ABFA disbursements to the GIIF since 2015 stood at $75.4 million as of the end of 2017.

KIA Terminal 3 attracts Nigerian tourists

News of the completion of a world-class airport in Ghana is making Nigerians to embark on a compelling tourism trip to Ghana.

Acting Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited, Yaw Kwakwa, told journalists at a press soirée organised by the Aviation Ministry on Wednesday in Accra that Nigerians are trooping to Ghana to see the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Terminal 3, which was completed in 2018.

He said by building Terminal 3, Ghana is recording a high number of air travellers from Nigeria.

According to him, people travel from Nigeria just to see KIA Terminal 3.

The $250 million Terminal 3 at KIA was designed in accordance with the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements based on optimal service level.

Access to the terminal is provided through a new main road, which was constructed as part of the project. The main entrance is located in front of the central check-in hall, making it easy to enter the terminal. The check-in hall is designed to incorporate expressive forms reflecting Ghanaian culture and values. Surface car parking is located within walking distance from the terminal.

Designed for international traffic, the new terminal comprises five levels spread across an area of 45,000m². The terminal features six contact stands for Code E aircraft and two additional remote stands.

The new terminal has the capacity to process 1,250 passengers at peak times, a large retail and commercial area, three business lounges, six fixed links and seven air bridges expandable to eight. Parking space is available with the capacity to handle more than 700 cars.

Nigerian gospel musician Ebenezer Benjamin trended in Ghana’s social media space in September 2018 for praising the Terminal 3 of Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA) over those of his country. Mr. Kwakwa said since then, the number of Nigerians visiting Ghana has quadrupled.

Airport worker cries over GHS400 salary

The Kotoka International Airport (KIA) recently became the talk of town after the completion of its new terminal, Terminal 3.

All international travels were moved to this newly opened terminal and became job-seekers’ favourite.

As one would perceive that working at such an ultra-modern facility comes with attractive salaries, that isn’t the case at KIA.

An airport employee who wishes to remain anonymous revealed to AmeyawDebrah.com that workers are paid as low as GHS400 to 800 (USD 80 – 120) monthly. This according to the worker is responsible for the many reports of extortion by passengers.

The worker attributed the situation to the fact that companies working at the airport hire them on contract basis that limits their commitments to employees including the payment of overtime.

The worker called on the Ghana Airports Company Limited to set standards for employers at the facility.

Read the full message from the worker unedited:

The problem I have at the airport is that workers are paid as low as Ghc400-600, which is very bad. We have cried a lot to management but nothing has been done about it.

The Ghana Airport Company should set a standard payment for every company that comes to the airport, to pay workers. If we get better pay, I think extortion at the airport would reduce tremendously.

Even the uniforms we wear are deducted from our salaries. This is the reason why some passengers complain of workers extorting monies from them when traveling.

Companies have employed people on contract basis for more than a year, why because if they make them permanent workers, they need to pay them over time so they employ us based on contracts.

People are suffering especially those who have families. Out of fear, the workers have not been able to form unions that help to protect the interest of workers.

If the Ghana Airport Company sets standards for every company to work with, things will be ok. We have no rights …that are the kind of fear they have put into us, so much that even our supervisors can’t talk for us.

What hurts the most is there are no benefits from the company to workers when you are sick; or overtime payment for us after we have worked more than our usual working hours. I would love for u to just get closer to some of the airline security and hear for your self.

KIA: Domestic airline operations moved to Terminal 2

The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the company that manages the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has announced that domestic airline operations have been moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2.

Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)

This announcement comes after the successful completion and testing of the airport’s Terminal 3 which now serves international passengers.

Terminal 2, which previously served international travelers will from Monday October 8, 2018 serve domestic passengers.

Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)

GACL posted on Facebook: “Ghana Airports Company Limited wishes to inform the travelling public that with effect from Monday, October 8, 2018, Domestic Airline Operations will be moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at Kotoka International Airport. This follows the successful transfer of International operations to Terminal 3.”

No Flooding at Kotoka Airport Terminal 3 – GACL debunks reports

Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) has debunked reports that the newly built Kotota International Airport (KIA) Terminal 3 was flooded.

There were reports in the media that stem from a video shared by Ace Ankomah that suggested that the tarmac of the KIA Terminal 3 was flooded after downpour in Accra on Monday.

The GACL has however stated with photos that the KIA, including Terminal 3 was not flooded as reported.

“We can confirm that there was NO flooding at KIA, neither was there flooding in terminal 3, as earlier reported.” – GACL shared on Facebook with photos.

Photos shared by GACL included arrival and departure halls only and did not include the tarmac that was reported flooded.

Taking of Photos and Videos on the Tarmac is prohibited and as such it cannot be confirmed if video taken by Ace Ankomah is really KIA Terminal 3.

Kotoka Airport Terminal 3 official inauguration cancelled; President shy to inaugurate facility

Information reaching Jetsanza.com indicate that the official inauguration of the newly built Kotoka International Airport by President Akufo-Addo has been cancelled.

Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)

The inauguration which was scheduled for October 2 has been cancelled without public notice.

According to our sources, the president is very shy to inaugurate the facility which was built by the previous government led by John Dramani Mahama. The source added that, the inauguration would endorse Mahama’s government and as such it had to be cancelled.

The $278 million Terminal has attracted admiration from Ghanaians and the world at large.

The newly constructed Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport has been fully operational since September 15.

The Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda has taken a tour of the terminal and below is his assessment.

Minister’s assessment of Terminal 3

Mr Adda in his assessment after the tour described Terminal 3 as a ‘top class’ facility comparable to the best terminals in airports across the world.

The Minister also charged all staff of the GACL and users of the terminal to ensure that the maintenance manuals of the facility were adhered to.

He said, “we have seen Terminal 3 before it’s been commissioned. I am sure, it speaks for itself. What we see is top class comparable to any terminal that you will find anywhere in the world.

“Professionally done, neat, things well organised, the markings are there in terms of where to go to get whatever service.”

“I think it’s up to us as Ghanaians, especially when we come here to also maintain that decorum and make sure that everything we are doing is top class. Everything is professionally done”.