Harmattan forces domestic airlines to cancel flights

Business News of Saturday, 5 December 2015

Source: citifmonline.com

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Domestic airline operators in the country are being forced to cancel scheduled flights as a result of bad weather.

Ghana’s harmattan season, which comes with cold and dryness particularly in the mornings, started becoming visible on Tuesday December 1.

As a result, domestic airlines like Starbow have since Wednesday suspended flights to the Northern Regional Capital, Tamale.

Tamale, which is known to be a dry area, has thus been the most affected by the onset of the harmattan.

A source at the Kotoka International Airport who spoke to Citi News said some scheduled flights for Kumasi and Sunyani have also been cancelled.

Only a Starbow scheduled flight went to Takoradi on the morning of Friday December 4. All others were cancelled.

It is unclear yet whether the situation has affected international flights.

The Harmattan is a cold-dry and dusty trade wind, blowing over the West African subcontinent.

Harmattan is usually characterized by strong wind, which blows southwest from the Sahara desert into the Gulf of Guinea between November and March.

The resultant effect of this dryness among other things is the poor visibility that affects air travel.