Government is to renegotiate existing Fifth Freedom Traffic Rights as it firms up plans to establish a new national airline to serve the West African market.
Large European, American and Gulf carriers, by virtue of the Fifth Freedom, are able to operate flights directly from their respective bases into Accra and then fly into a neighboring West Africa country before flying back to their bases via Accra.
South African Airways (SAA), Emirates, and Moroccan national carrier-Royal Air Maroc, all have fifth freedom traffic rights that allow them to fly from their home bases to Accra and then service other destinations in the sub-region.
Aviation Minister Cecilia Dapaah told Starr Business the country will scrutinize all existing MOUs.
“There is an MOU being executed to make sure we give one or two years…maximum three years. So we don’t have any problem with that,” she said.
According to her, despite the demise of the Ghana Airways, the country still commands some reputation in the aviation sector.
“So, I believe by God’s grace if we sail through cabinet for approval and the timelines met, we won’t have any problem.”