Waivers …GCAA Partners Gov't To Scrap Import Duty on Spares

simonnGhana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says it is working with the government to remove VAT (Value Added Tax) on domestic airlines tickets and eliminate import duty on aircraft parts and other ancillary aircraft equipment.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister for Aviation at the launch of a new Embraer Regional Jet (ERJ) 145 aircraft for Africa World Airlines (AWA) in Accra recently, the Director General of GCAA, Mr. Simon Allotey, observes that the move was part of efforts to make air travel within the country more affordable.

The Founder of AWA, Togbe Afede XIV, notes that the arrival of the ERJ 145, which brings to five the number of aircraft the airline owns, was in line with plans to expand its operations, adding that "We are committed to bringing additional two large aircraft by the middle of this year and 10 more aircraft by the end of the year". "We shall be connecting Ghana to the rest of the world."

The AWA Chief reveals that the airline is committed to working with government to make Ghana the aviation hub of West Africa. Established five years ago, AWA states that it now operates daily flights from Accra, Kumasi, and Tamale, and also plans additional routes to Abuja, Abidjan, Dakar, Freetown, and Ouagadougou; having already begun daily flights to Lagos, Nigeria.

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