Air Namibia Quits Ghana Amid Losses

AIR Namibia announced plans to stop operations in Ghana because of low number of passengers.

The airline would cease flights on June 25.

The Country Manager for Air Namibia, Peter Addai, said the Namibian national carrier was forced to exit Ghana because it was incurring losses.

“We do not have enough business and leisure travellers. As such, for the four years that we have been operating, the operation has depended on traffic from Accra to Windhoek and back.

“When the figures are not as good as expected, it simply means that we are running at a loss and it becomes unsustainable,” he said.

Air Namibia began operations in Accra in November 2009.

I t was expected to give the dominant South African Airways some competition.

The airline’s exit follows similar moves by Virgin Atlantic, which cited high cost of operations on the Accra-London route.

Industry analysts say most airlines are exiting after few did not carrying out the necessary market survey on the routes they intended to ply before commencing operations hence they were struggling.

Meanwhile, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways, is expected to begin operations in Ghana from next month.

This is according to officials of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.

CAJ News established that the Qatari airline had started recruiting personnel for their operations in the country.

Qatar Airways will first start operations with cargo services.

The air carrier, which has Doha, the capital of Qatar as its hub of operations, currently travels to 125 cities around the world.

There are currently more than 20 international airlines operating out of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Ghana.

Source : CAJ News Agency