Some domestic airlines have begun flight operations to all airports except the Tamale airport following an improvement in visibility, Citi Business News can confirm.
Poor visibility compelled domestic airlines to ground flights for almost a week.
Although the situation is not completely stable, the Chief Operating Officer of Africa World Airlines, Captain Samuel Thompson tells Citi Business News the company is set to for three flights to Kumasi.
[contextly_sidebar id=”RPxNE0uIniFQMOT6rROp2O2FBr8hThop”]“There is a marked improvement in the visibility so we are monitoring the 11 o’clock weather but we have started taking passengers for to Kumasi. Tamale is still not good enough hopefully we should be able to do the last three flights that is 12:30, 3 o’clock and 6:45,” he said.
“The Chief Executive of Starbow, James Eric Antwi also stated, “We are yet to start but we are looking at going to Takoradi and Kumasi late afternoon we operating to Kumasi is around 4 pm. We have sent messages to our clients that those who want to travel to any of these areas to come.”
Flights to Tamale still cancelled
Meanwhile flights to Tamale are still on hold as the weather condition is not favorable.
“We need to get a much better visibility than we are getting now. Tamale is at 2,500 meters which is below our limit of 4,000 meters so we need a marked improvement in Tamale before we can go,” Captain Samuel Thompson noted.
Starbow’s CEO, James Eric Antwi affirmed this development.
Meteorological Agency denies clearing domestic airlines
In a related development, the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) has discounted claims it has cleared domestic airlines to commence flights.
There were media reports that some the commencement of operations of some domestic airlines follows clearance by the Meteorological Agency.
But Operations Supervisor at the GMA, James Dusu in an interview with Citi Business News, described the comments as untrue.
“We have not said anything to that effect and we are not in a position to do that the latest for Accra is 1000 meters it will depend on what the condition for each airlines is. That is what they work with; for the international airlines it is safe for them but with the domestic ones, since their destinations are all in the same country with the same influence to also advise them as to whether they are going to keep grounded or embark on a destination,”
By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citifmonline.com/Ghana