MINISTER of Aviation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah
THE MINISTER of Aviation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah has announced that plans are underway for Ghana to get a new national airline.
According to her, several proposals had been received in line with the new national carrier and a technical team is critically analyzing them, presently.
“Very soon we shall get a national carrier as a country that will give us pride as a people”, the Aviation minister announced with confidence.
She was speaking to the press in Kumasi during President Akufo-Addo’s tour of the Ashanti Region, which started on Saturday.
The minister unleashed a salvo, stating that the Kumasi Airport has not yet reached international status.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration continually bragged of elevating the Kumasi Airport to international standards.
This was after the ex-President Mahama’s government had completed the first phase of works on the airport.
Madam Abena Dapaah said the previous government only did some works on the runway and fixed some lights at the facility and that cannot make Kumasi airport an international airport.
The minister wondered why an airport which cannot accommodate big aircrafts can be classified as international airport.
She said the NPP administration had effective policy to make the Kumasi Airport an international airport, very soon.
She said the second phase of the Kumasi Airport project would be carried out but it would be based on value for money.
Madam Dapaah revealed that she would be touring the country to inspect colonial airstrips that had been abandoned for years.
She indicated that her ministry had plans of developing those airstrips into smaller airports to help boost domestic air transport.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi