| GHANA AIRLINES|
May 13, 2010
| Kotoka International Airport|
Gifty E. Annan-Myers, Ag. CEO; Albert Botchway, Chairman
Kotoka International Airport
Ghana International Airlines (GIA) was the national airline of the Republic of Ghana. The airline suspended operations on 13 May 2010.
GIA operated scheduled and charter passenger and cargo services. Its main base was Kotoka International Airport, Accra.
Ghana International Airlines Wikipedia
The airline was set up in 2004 as a partnership between the government of Ghana and a group of private international investors. A team of executives led by Ralph Atkin, founder of SkyWest Airlines in the United States, was installed, which also included Brian Presbury, the former CEO of Kenya Airways.
Ghana International Airlines commenced operations on 29 October 2005 with daily flights between Accra and London Gatwick Airport using a Boeing 757 wet leased from Ryan International Airlines. The airline commenced seasonal service to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2006. Flights to Düsseldorf, Germany, began in 2008.
It is owned by the Ghanaian government (70%) and US consortium (GIA-USA) (30%), but the shareholders have been engaged in a protracted legal dispute since 2006. The airline had 168 employees (at March 2008).
After a change in Government from the New Patriotic Party to The National Democratic Congress government on 7 January 2009. The government found it difficult to continue providing the $1,500,000 monthly subventions to the Airline which unduly affected its operations leading to the late payment of staff and service providers. Most of the passengers' refund was poorly administered resulting to many unpaid claims. The Ghana Ministry of Transport is yet to settle the remaining passengers' claims.
Ghana International served the following destinations : Germany
Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Airport)
Accra (Kotoka International Airport)
Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport)
London (London Gatwick Airport)
Ghana International Airlines had interline partnerships with numerous international airlines including: Air Baltic, Air Namibia, Continental Airlines, flyBE, Kenya Airways, Air Nigeria and South African Airways.On 28 January 2009, a Ghana International Airlines Boeing 757 flying from Accra, Ghana, to London Gatwick, United Kingdom, with 96 passengers and nine crew reported anomalies with the control systems when climbing out of Accra. The aircraft made a safe return to Kotoka International Airport where the remains of a beetle-like creature were discovered to be obstructing the left pitot system.