The Ministry of Aviation has announced that the Wa Regional Airport would be opened for commercial flights on October 15, 2019.
The Ministry of Aviation in a statement signed by the sector Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, said the Wa Regional Airport’s first commercial flight will be the Africa World Airlines (AWA).
AWA is expected to further promote economic and commercial activities between the Upper West Region and the various regional capitals in Ghana.
“The Ministry of Aviation wishes to inform the general public that as part of government’s commitment to promote seamless air travel and connectivity within the country, the Wa Regional Airport will be opened for commercial flights by Africa World Airlines (AWA) on 15th October, 2019,” the statement said.
“The commencement of commercial flight operations to the Wa Regional Airport is due to the successful testing and confirmation of the Pavement Condition Number (PCN) of the runway and other facilities that meet international standards of safety.
“This feat has been achieved in collaboration with the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Local Airlines operating in the country. This forms part of Government’s pledge to encourage and support local airlines and entrepreneurs to set up strong private airlines that can fully utilize all the nations route rights in line with Government’s vision to make Ghana an Aviation Hub within the Sub-Region”.
The statement added that the government is committed to assisting local airlines to replicate commercial flights in other Regional Airports.
Africa World Airlines Limited (AWA) is a Ghanaian airline company incorporated in 2010 and commenced flights in 2012. It is a joint venture between Hainan Airlines, China-Africa Development Fund, SSNIT and SAS Finance Group.
In 2019, AWA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South African Airways to jointly pursue opportunities in West Africa, including a system-wide codeshare agreement and other commercial partnerships.