The proposed establishment of a new national airline, after the demise of Ghana Airways and its successor, Ghana International Airlines, has been in the works for about two years.

The process has seen the appointment of a transactional advisor in PwC, the publication of expression of interest, and the start of processes to duly license the proposed airline.

Source: B&FT Ghana - The Parliamentary Select Committee on Finance has recommended for the approval of the House a proposed US$185million direct and indirect tax waiver for contractors working on various airport projects in the country.

The Committee, in its report seen by the B&FT, recommended for the House to "approve a waiver of US$185million for a period of five years for the Ghana Airports Company Limited."

Source: B&FT Ghana - The Ghana Airports Company Limited is seeking private capital to execute its Airport City II project, designed to enhance facilities at airport enclave and improve its non-aeronautical revenue.

The Airport City II project, to be sited on the southern side of the Kotoka International Airport, close to the Accra Polo Grounds, will consist of a mixed-use development of hotels, offices, multi-storey car park, and shops, among others.

Source: Xodus Communications Limited - Xodus Communications Limited the organisers of the Aviation Awards has announced the 2016 Nominees for this year's Awards.

According to the Events Director, Richard Abbey Jnr, 82 entries were received from over 25 companies.

President John Dramani Mahama says government is working assiduously to get a new national airline established on a Public-Private-Partnership basis soon, after a successful prefeasibility study.

“Government’s plan to set up a new national airline under a PPP arrangement to support the policy-objective of establishing Kotoka International Airport (KIA) as an aviation hub is also on-going. It is my expectation, therefore, that Terminal 3 will play a pivotal role to support the operations of this new airline,” President Mahama said.

Source: Stephen A.Quaye - Many International Travelers and Ghanaians in North America may not visit Ghana this yuletide it has been learnt.

Instead, they are heading to the South American country, Cuba, where they will spend the Christmas and the New Year there.

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority will soon separate its function from the Air Navigation Service Provider.

Source: GNA - The country’s improved economy makes it a conducive place for the airline industry, says Mr. Philippe Saeys-Desmedt, Vice President, of the Africa and Global Cargo of Brussels Airlines.

“There is presently a high level of economic exchange between Ghana and the rest of the world, and that is good for airline business.”

Source: B&FT - The country must continuously invest in tourism infrastructure and commit funds to maintaining existing tourist sites to realise the full benefit of tourism, according to Anthony Safo, Marketing Manager Anglophone West Africa, Kenya Airways.

Source: B&FT - Government is seeking Qatar-based carrier Qatar Airways as main partner for the proposed new national carrier, the B&FT sources have said.

The decision to sound out government’s interest in having Qatar Airways as a partner is deeply rooted in the airline’s financial capacity, network, and technical expertise -- needed to build a viable carrier for the country after two failed attempts.