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High taxes killing aviation industry

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Airfares are likely to be reduced if the operation costs of airline companies are reduced. This is the verdict of Vice President, Africa of the International Air Transport Association, Raphael Kuuchi. According to him, Ghana’s aviation industry which he commends as a highly competitive one is however constrained with the continuous rise in production costs. The cost of aviation fuel ...

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Air traffic services will not be interrupted at KIA- GCAA

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The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says the authority will continue to provide normal uninterrupted air traffic services to the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) despite the brawl between the Air Navigation Wing of the authority and the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL). According to the GCAA, the current operational impasse between its Air Navigation Wing and the GACL is being ...

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Royal Air Maroc introduces new flights within Africa

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Royal Air Maroc is set to introduce a new Intra-Africa air service this year. The service, which will commence on the 15th of March, will fly three times a week from Accra to Freetown via Monrovia. Royal Air Maroc is a Moroccan airline with a dual passenger and freight transport. It was founded in June 1957 and serves nearly 90 destinations ...

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Ghana Airports Company and Met Agency brawl reignites

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The Airport division of the Ghana Meteorological Agency has told Citi Business News, it has resumed operations following a temporary air site permit issued to its workers by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).   Activities of the meteorological unit were suspended last Friday following their inability to access the observatory site. The development, Citi Business News understands was as ...

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Dzifa Attivor hands over to Fiifi Kwetey as Transport Minister

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Member of Parliament for Ketu South in the Volta Region, Fiifi Fiavi Franklin Kwetey, has officially taken responsibility of the Ministry of Transport . At a short ceremony at the ministry’s conference room on Friday,  Dzifa Aku Attivor, the immediate past minister, handed over to Mr. Kwetey in the presence of Joyce Bawa Mogtari, the Deputy Minister among others. Fiifi Kwetey was ...

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BRT pilot finally commences in June

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The pilot project for the much anticipated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) transport system Citi Business News has gathered is expected to commence finally in June, 2016 according to the Ministry of Transport. The new date comes after the start date was postponed several times. The earliest date which was set for the resumption of the programme was in March 2016, after the November 2015 start date ...

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Transport Ministry to name new National Airline partner in March

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The Ministry of Transport has hinted to Citi Business News it will name a new partner for Ghana’s new national airline by the end of March. According to the Ministry, the transaction advisor, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) is currently awaiting an approval from the Public Procurement Committee of government on the tender documents to pave way for the open tender for competitive ...

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GUTA to resist common external tariffs, other taxes

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The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has threatened to hit the streets, following the adoption and introduction of the ECOWAS Common External Tariffs (CET). According to GUTA, the new law is unfair. GUTA’s threats follow the implementation of the Common External Tariff, which took effect on Monday, February 1, 2016. CET is to harmonize tariffs being charged in the ...

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GCAA to strengthen stance on over-aged aircrafts in 2016

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The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has told Citi Business News it will intensify its oversight on the use of ageing aircraft by airline operators this year. It follows the ratification of the Cape Town Convention by Parliament. The Convention, among others is to promote the use of newer aircrafts due to the increased economic costs and safety concerns associated ...

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Airline operators appeal for reduction in fuel tax

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International airline operators are calling for a reduction in aviation fuel tax as they say the high cost is impacting on their businesses. According to them, not only has the situation increased their cost of operations, but it has also resulted in low patronage and reduced government revenue from the sale of aviation fuel. The cost of aviation fuel in ...

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