Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, says the long-awaited new home-based carrier will fly next year.
Presenting the 2022 Budget and Economic Policy statement of government to Ghana’s 275-meber legislature on Wednesday, November 17, he said government was in the final stage of negotiations with the strategic partner.
” As part of Government pursuit to make Ghana the Aviation Hub for the West African Sub-region, the Ministry is at its final stage of negotiations with the selected strategic partner for the establishment of the home-based carrier.
It is expected that the negotiation will be finalised and the airline established in 2022.,” he said.
Ghana last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EgyptAir for the establishment of a new flag carrier.
The choice of Cairo-based EgyptAir as the preferred strategic partner follows series of engagement with senior management team of the airline and the committee of aviation experts constituted by the former Ministry of Aviation.
Despite the signing of an MoU last year with Ethiopian Airlines to actualise the vision of a new home-based carrier, the deal was held back due to what government described as a lack of agreement over key issues such as routes, funding, and tenure of the management contract among others.