Foundation set for airline operation between Ghana and Guyana
– Air services agreement signed
DPI, Guyana, Friday, November 23, 2018
An air services agreement, initiating the process to facilitate directs flights between Guyana and Ghana, was today inked at the ongoing International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Transport Meeting.
Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, with responsibility for the aviation sector, Annette Ferguson and Minister of Aviation of Ghana, Joseph Kofi Adda signed the agreements on behalf of their respective governments at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACC).
Minister Ferguson said, “with this agreement, the benefit to be derived is that we should be able to see a shorter travel time between passengers from the Caribbean, particularly Guyana to Africa.”
The government has demonstrated the notion of, “putting words into action” with the ceremony. She said Guyana will be looking forward to the collaboration between South America and Africa.
The agreement was signed after the hosting of the third African Diaspora Meeting, where a recent assessment found that it usually takes more than 38 hours from a Caribbean country to Africa and this initiated discussions.
Ghana’s Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda explained that the agreement came at an opportune time for the government and the people of Ghana.
“We hope that the true meaning of what we signed today would be that aircraft and airlines will connect Georgetown, Guyana to other cities of the Caribbean and South America. We’re trying to cut down the time and bring all the socio-economic benefit to all the countries involved. And this is what our politicians can do to show there is political work and commitment.”
Just yesterday, the governments of Guyana and Aruba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see direct flights from Georgetown to Aruba in the near future. These agreements and MOUs are geared at bolstering Guyana’s aviation sector.
Ranetta La Fleur.
Images: Jameel Mohamed.