Africa World Airline (AWA) has commenced the operation of commercial flight in the Upper West Region. The maiden commercial flight touched down at the Wa airport around 12:20pm on October 15, 2019 amidst jubilation from residents. The airline is expected to fly three times a week to and from the Wa airport.
At a brief ceremony held in Wa to officially commence the operations of AWA, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih applauded AWA for extending its services to the region. Dr Hafiz believes the commencement of commercial flights in the region will further open the region to the rest of the country and also boost economic activities in the Upper West Region. “The commencement of commercial flights to and from Wa airport is meant to provide efficient and reliable service to boost economic activities in the Upper West Region and beyond”. The minister also believes air transport services will boost the tourism potential of the region “since tourism relies heavily on aviation”.
On his part, the head of commercials at AWA, Mr Richard Chire, appealed to the populace to patronize the services of the airline to ensure sustainability. He indicated that the company is not only interested in making profit but to support government in making air transport accessible within Ghana and the outside world. “As the defacto home based carrier in Ghana, we are not only going to dry our cloths where there is sunshine, but again, we will continue to support government in creating air transport access in Ghana and beyond”. Mr Richard also appealed for airport extension hours in Tamale to enable AWA operate more flights to Tamale.
Although the 50 seater flight was fully booked ahead of the commencement, many are concerned about the sustainability of operations. Many believe the high patronage of the maiden flight is due to the promotional package which came with lower prices.
It will be recalled that Antrak Air made similar attempt to operate commercial flights in Wa but had to shut down due to low patronage.