African World Airlines (AWA) has indicated that plans are afoot to start business to Ho Airport by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
The Head of Commercial at AWA, Adedayo Olawuyi, during a stakeholder engagement in Ho organized by the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Ghana Tourism Authority, Africa World Airline, and the Ghana Hoteliers Association, indicated that the carrier is contemplating a twice-a-week flight, to the Volta Regional capital.
Head of Business Development Services of the Ghana Airports Company Limited
(GACL), Amma Faake Gadzekpo said the facility had long been ready, and that the Company had been looking for the “right opportunity and timing to make it happen.” She was speaking at the stakeholders meeting in Ho.
Madam Gadzekpo said an increase in tourism, and business activities in the Region were likely to make the Ho route one of the “best” in the country.
The route development strategy hinged according to the GACL, hinged on the collaborative effort of stakeholders including; the tourism authority, the flight operators, and hospitality industry.
Madam Gadzekpo noted that ease of travel, seamless operationalisation and affordability remained the key factors to developing the route, and asked stakeholders to help develop and market affordable packages.
“The idea is for us to truly work together and harness the potentials together,” she stated.
Regional Head of the GTA, Alexander Nketia said the operationalisation of the Airport had the potential to open up the Region, and was hopeful it would help save the Covid-19-hit tourism industry.
He said a technical committee would be constituted to develop the promotion strategies.
Private stakeholders in the Region welcomed the announcement, with some saying it was a dream come true, and called on the government to fix roads in the region for a conducive ground travel experience.
The US$25 million Ho Airport was completed in 2016 as a 100-passenger facility, which holds two medium-sized aircrafts at a time.
AWA is a Ghanaian airline that commenced operations in September 2012.
It runs five domestic points in the country and visits four destinations in the African sub-region.
Source: BusinessZone Online