PassionAir says it will commence domestic flight operations at the Sunyani Airport from September 9, to airlift passengers from Sunyani to Accra four times a week.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo inaugurated the first phase of the rehabilitation and expansion of the airport on August 3, this year.
In the interim, Mr Samuel Razak Tachie, the Sales and Marketing Manager, PassionAir, explained the airline would fly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the morning, as well as Sundays in the afternoon, with an introductory fare of GHC600 per flight.
Speaking at stakeholders meeting in Sunyani, attended by traditional authorities, Heads of Departments and Agencies, and business entrepreneurs and corporate bodies, Mr Tachie however added “if patronage and demand are good it would be a surprise that we fly daily from Sunyani to Accra”.
He emphasised though PasssionAir was a solely Ghanaian-owned company, the safety of passengers remained a hallmark, saying “our five aircraft are Canadian-made that meet international standard. In fact, safety is important, so please be rest assured that our airlines are safe”.
Mr Tachie said the company was currently facing serious challenges due to petroleum hikes and rising inflation in the country, but added because aviation remained integral to national and global development, there was the need for the company to stay in business and “move people around the globe”.
He indicated the company’s flight operations would boost economic activities, and invariably create direct and indirect employment for the locals.
Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, noted the re-opening of the Sunyani airport would not only facilitate easy travelling time to and from Sunyani and Accra but also stimulate the economic growth potential of the region through increased trade and investments.
As major stakeholders in the commerce and aviation industry, the Regional Minister implored the company to promote the development of the region, especially in the eco-cultural tourism potential of the region.
Mad Owusu-Banahene also called on corporate bodies and business entrepreneurs to patronize the service of the airline so as to sustain the operations of the company in the region.
By: Ahmed Kwame Boadum