British Airways has indicated that it has stepped up engagements with the Government of Ghana over concerns about the high cost of operating out of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA)
The move has been influenced by the impact of the cost of travel on the London- Accra London route amidst complaints by passengers.
Some customers have expressed their displeasure about expensive tickets along the route.
Speaking to Joy Business in an exclusive interview in London, the Chief Officer, Planning and Strategy at British Airways, Neil Alan Chernoff assured that management is engaging all the actors to make sure the issue is addressed.
“If an Airport is expensive to operate in, that cost will definitely be passed onto ticket pricing” he added.
Mr. Chernoff stated that the cost of operating out of the Kotoka International Airport is a concern for many actors.
He is of the view that the push for “competitive ticket pricing” or reduction in ticket prices may be difficult to realize if nothing is done.
British Airways might not be alone on this concern, the Country Manager of Air France-KLM, Mees Van Ojik, in a recent interview noted that the development is a major disincentive for Ghana at a time when passenger arrivals have picked up strongly above the Pre-Pandemic levels.
Pick up in passenger arrivals and impact on operation of British Airways
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Alhassan Tampuli has also disclosed that passenger arrivals at the Kotoka International Airport hathe s reached 1.5 million, far higher than what the country was recording during the Ppre-COVID pandemic
Reacting to this, Mr. Chernoff said Ghana attracts a lot of air passengers due to the country’s position in the industry.
“Ghana in particular, we have seen demand picked up strongly, and we have seen demand come back”, he said.
“Demand has certainly exceeded what we were recording in 2019 and that is impacting on their operations positively on the London – Accra- London route”
He stated that the development has influenced the decision to introduce the largest airline the A380, on the London- Accra- London route since 2022.
“The strong demand has obviously impacted on the operations of the Airline and that has also influenced our decision to review our route operations as an Airline”, he said.
Source: Joy Business
Let’s live harmoniously to safeguard Ghana’s peace – Peace Council on recent clashes
The National Peace Council (NPC) has called on Ghanaians to live harmoniously with each other to safeguard the country’s peace.
It has urged Ghanaians to protect “the peace and security of the country by creating and using avenues of tolerance, cooperation, and coexistence to sustain the country’s identity as an oasis of peace in Africa.”
This follows the unfortunate violent clashes in some parts of the country which have resulted in the deaths of some citizens.
Reports from Kintampo in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the Northeast Region indicate that violence has led to the destruction of lives and property in these affected communities.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPC reminded Ghanaians “of paragraphs (c), (d) and (i) of
article 41 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states thus: The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen.”
“To foster national unity and live in harmony with others; to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of others, and generally to refrain from doing acts detrimental to the welfare of other persons. To co-operate with lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”
Read the full statement from the NPC here
Defence and National Security Ministers to appear before parliament today over Kintampo clash
The Ministers of Defence and National Security are expected to appear before the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament on Thursday, November 23, to provide a briefing on actions being taken by the government to forestall a clash between the Mo and Wangara tribes in the Kintampo North municipality.
This comes on the back of a summons by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
According to the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Kwame Kumah, tensions were high when the Mo tribe requested to perform rituals within the months of November and December, coinciding with the annual Klubi festival of the Wangara community.
In response to calls for a ceasefire by the MP, the Speaker directed that the government must take immediate steps to ensure peaceful coexistence.
“As the first authorities to come to this house to brief the committee on Defense and Interior, this is an urgent matter that should be handled with dispatch. I think Thursday should be okay for the two ministers and their commanders to appear before the committee early tomorrow morning by 9 am to brief the committee. It is an urgent matter.”
“The National Security Council through their regional office should immediately intervene because the chieftaincy institution is one of the cornerstones of the peace and security of our country, and we hold that institution dearly. We will do everything to prevent that institution from falling into disarray,” he stated.
Watch how Quick Credit staff violently raided restaurant over ‘unpaid loan’
Some staff of a popular loan company, Quick Credit Ghana, stormed a local restaurant to recover a loan sum.
Videos available to GhanaWeb and shared on social media showed over half a dozen male workers in violent exchanges with the staff at the restaurant said to be located at Laterbiokoshie, a suburb of Accra.
According to a person videoing the encounter, the staff had forced their way into the facility, packed up the furniture and succeeded in locking up the place before leaving.
The video, shot in the evening, however, did not show any affected customers nor did it show any casualties.
The company has yet to issue an official statement on the development. GhanaWeb is also trying to reach out to the affected businesses.
Watch the video below:
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