On a momentous Tuesday morning of September 29, 2020, Qatar Airways landed at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA) with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner to commence a four-weekly flight to the capital Accra, through Lagos, Nigeria.
The commencement of the four weekly flights to Accra, Ghana via Lagos, instructively makes it the fourth new destination to be launched in Africa by the national carrier of the State of Qatar since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The launch of the Accra flights will increase Qatar Airways’ network in Africa to 46 weekly flights across 14 destinations including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Entebbe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Seychelles, Tunis, Windhoek and Zanzibar.
Ghana’s Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, addressing dignitaries and the press at the arrival ceremony, said, “the emergence of Qatar Airways just a few weeks since Ghana reopened the Kotoka International Airport, signals the confidence gained from international airlines amid the coronavirus pandemic”.
The Chief Executive of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC), Yofi Grant, is confident that the arrival of Qatar Airways to do business in Ghana, would further position the country in the West Africa sub region to attract investors into the country’s economy.
According to authorities, the arrival of the airline to do business in Ghana has taken about two years of fruitful engagements with the State of Qatar.
The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), projects that Qatar Airways’ presence in Ghana will open more investment potentials in the tourism sector particularly in an era where the country is fully recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and positioning itself to fully implement ‘Beyond the Return’ as a follow-up to the ‘Year of Return’.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner features 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
The airline has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers to ensure that travelers plan their trips with ease.
Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said the choice of Ghana’s capital is due to its “fame for local hospitality and highly sought after agricultural exports”.
“We look forward to working closely with our partners in Ghana to steadily grow this route and support the recovery of tourism and trade in the region,” he added.
The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. It will charge no fare differences for travel completed before December 31, 2020, after which fare rules would apply.
All tickets booked for travel of up to December 31, 2020 will be valid for two years, from the date of issuance.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe