The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is working with government to remove VAT on domestic airline tickets and eliminate import duty on aircraft parts and other ancillary aircraft equipment.
Speaking on behalf of the Minster for Aviation at the launch of a new Embraer Regional Jet (ERJ) 145 for Africa World Airlines (AWA) in Accra, Director-General of GCAA, Mr. Simon Allotey, said the move was part of efforts to make air travel within the country more affordable.
For his part, founder of AWA, Togbe Afede XIV, said the arrival of the Embraer Regional Jet (ERJ) 145, which brings to five the number of aircraft the airline owns, was in line with plans to expand its operations.
“We are committed to bringing additional two large aircraft by the middle of this year and 10 more aircraft by the end of the year,” he said.
“We shall be connecting Ghana to the rest of the world.”
The airline, he said, was committed to working with government to make Ghana the aviation hub of West Africa.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Sun Baohong, commended AWA for overcoming numerous challenges to become an outstanding airline.
Established five years ago, AWA now operates daily flights to Accra, Kumasi, and Tamale, and now plans additional routes to Abuja, Abidjan, Dakar, Freetown, and Ouagadougou, having already begun daily flights to Lagos.