Government’s decision to buy aircraft ‘just news in the air’ – Minority

The Minority in Parliament has described the government’s decision to buy aircraft to start the new home-based carrier as not feasible.

The government on Tuesday signed a deal with De Havilland Aircraft of Canada at the on-going Dubai Air Show to buy six Dash8-400 aircraft to start its national airline.

But speaking to Citi News, Ranking Member on Parliament’s Roads and Transport Committee, Kwame Agbodza said they are not aware of this decision and doubt that the government has enough funds to actually implement the decision.

The plan to reestablish a national flag carrier has been in the works for some time now.

The newly signed deal by the Aviation Minister is expected to boost Ghana’s dream of seeing to it that a new national airline hits the skies.

Following the signing of the agreement, issues of financing and others are expected to be finalized which will be presented to Cabinet for approval and then to Parliament.

Ghana has already signed an MOU with the Ethiopian Airlines to partner in the quest to have a national carrier.

Government had earlier approved the establishment of a home-based airline which will involve the participation of the private sector.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta while presenting the 2019 budget to Parliament last year disclosed plans of a new national airline which was to start operations this year.

This, according to him, will complement the various transport systems currently running in the country to ferry both humans and goods through international and regional routes.




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