Gov’t commended for reducing price of aviation fuel

Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Charles Kwame Asare has commended government for reducing the price of aviation fuel by 20 percent.

Government in consultation with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) reduced the aviation fuel following industry players’ complaints that Ghana’s aviation fuel was very expensive in the sub-region.

Speaking at the inauguration of the first phase of the upgrade and expansion of the Tamale Airport, the GACL Boss described the reduction as a major boost to the aviation industry.

The inaugural ceremony coincided with the witnessing of the first direct commercial flight from the Tamale International Airport to the Holy City of Mecca.

Charles Kwame Asare also showed appreciation for government’s intervention which according to him made it possible for the GACL to retain the 100 percent Airport Passenger Service Tax.

“This has allowed the GACL to confidently venture onto the capital market to raise funding for the improvement of infrastructural facilities at the various airports.

He said the rapid transformation of the nation’s airports has repositioned Ghana as a favored investment destination.

“We believe that with the continuous support of government, we will be able to achieve your Excellency’s vision of positioning Ghana as the preferred aviation hub and a leader in Airport Business in West Africa.”

He stressed, “The Board, management, staff and stakeholders in the aviation sector are committed to achieving this vision within the shortest possible time.”

Charles Kwame Asare assured President John Dramani Mahama saying, “We wish to assure you Mr. President that we would continue to work hard to keep our airport safe and secured and strive to improve our facilities and services to give the travelling public and airport users pleasant airport experience.”

He eulogized the late project Manager of Querios Galvao, Mr. Reuben Caudio de Oliveira Neto under whose supervision the Brazilian company upgraded the first phase of the Tamale Airport to meet international standard.

By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/