The Aviation Industry has contributed significantly to the growth of Ghana’s economy over the years.
For instance, in 2016, the country recorded a total passenger throughput of 2,381,789. This was made up of 1,746,521 international arrival and departing passengers.
This is ample evidence shows that the aviation sector has the potential to grow bigger and achieve our aviation hub goal. With the on-going expansion at the KIA (Terminal 3 project), it is projected that the passenger throughput will increase from 2.3 million to 5 million in the next 5 years
However, the Aviation industry which forms part of the larger transport industry is a very complex and dynamic area and therefore requires innovation and resilience for its survival.
It is in this regard, Ninetyeightz Events, a subsidiary of Ninetyeightz Company Limited in collaboration with Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and Ministry of Aviation took another giant step by organizing the 2nd edition of the National Aviation Awards (AA) in Accra. In his inaugural address, the Chief Executive Officer of Ninetyeightz Company Limited Mr. Bergis Frimpong, stated that the initiative was aimed at recognizing various stakeholders and players of the aviation industry for their hard work and contribution towards the growth of the industry. And also, encourage and challenge stakeholders to drive for excellence.
-To provide a networking platform for the aviation ecosystem.
-To share ideas /brainstorm towards the betterment of the industry
– To recognize the role of supporting partnership /collaborations by non- aviation entities and also recognize the deserving actors/players who have excelled and ultimately exceeded their goals going above and beyond achieving world class service within the aviation industry.
The Deputy Minister of Aviation Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah (MP), who graced the occasion lauded the initiative, adding that; the move will challenge stakeholders in the aviation industry to scale up their performance and also provide a critical platform for patrons to brainstorm and network for the improvement of the industry.
“This award ceremony is particularly heart-warming and encouraging because, it will go a long way to encourage competition which will culminate into excellent service provision by various stakeholders in the industry for the benefit of our cherished clients”, he added.
According to him, the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Aviation is committed to promoting and expanding the frontiers of the aviation industry.
This he said, the Ministry in collaboration with the sector agencies; the Ghana Airports Company limited and the Civil Aviation Authority have put in place measures to promote the industry through modernization of the airports in the country. And also, by making Kotoka International Airport an aviation hub in the West African sub-region.
Indeed, our ultimate aim is to make Ghana the destination of choice for travelers.
Available statistics in the aviation sector indicate that the number of international airlines operating in the country has increased to 37 with 2 domestic carriers.
Consequently, the Ministry of Aviation together with its agencies is pursuing some priority projects and programmes to promote growth in the Aviation sector. These include:
• The decoupling of aviation regulation from air navigation services provision.
• Construction of Modern Air Navigation Service Centre at the KIA.
• Completion of the Ho Airport by the end of 2017.
• Completion of the Terminal 3 at the KIA by 2018
• Construction of phase 2 of the Tamale airport consisting of a terminal building including a modern Hajj terminal.
• Construction of phase 2 of the Kumasi airport consisting of the extension of the run- way and a new terminal building.
According to the Sector Minister, Government early this year removed 17.5 VAT on the domestic air fares to make domestic travel affordable.
As a result of this policy intervention, the domestic passenger throughput has increased significantly from 163,322 as at May 2016 to 201,851 as at May, 2017 representing 23.6% increase.
These are the awardees under various categories:
Aviation Fuel Provider Achievement
Customer Service Award
Corporate Social Responsibility
International Airline of the year
African Airline Award
Brand of the Year
Rwand Air LTD
Aviation Institution Award
Promising Airline of the Year.
African World Airlines
Budget Airline of the Year
Freight Forwarder of the Year
MCDAN Shipping Company Limited
Aviation Travel and Tourism Company Award
Aviation Online Payment
Domestic Airline of the Year
Africa World Airlines
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/Newsghana.com.gh