Negotiations between the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the transport ministry over concerns of airline operators over high taxes facing the industry, may end with the airlines having their way.
[contextly_sidebar id=”JqnxPLVhK2UbY1W1Om4gDh4Tq4royxVn”]According to the Authority, it is working with the Ministry and the Ghana Airport Company to provide a favourable business environment for the airline operators.
Airline operators have complained about the impact of the 17.5 percent VAT and high cost of aviation fuel on their operations.
The situation, Citi Business News understands, has also largely affected volumes of air traffic as well as revenue.
The Manager of Business development and Statistics of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Reverend Stephen Wilfred Arthur, further explains to Citi Business News that the negotiations will see a rebate of the taxes to ease the burden imposed on the aviation industry.
“We are in partnership with the airlines on this matter and talking to the ministry of transport who are also very much understanding in terms of this issue. But the ministry of transport will have to channel the issues to the other ministries. But I would like the public to understand that it is not as if nothing is being done; there are a lot of discussions that are going on,” he stated.
Reverend Stephen Wilfred Arthur added,“We are very optimistic that eventually, something will be done about the VAT and the duties that are impacting negatively on both domestic and international air transport.”
By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana