By Dominick Andoh
The aviation sector regulator, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the airports operator, Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) may be supported to meet part of their overhead costs, following an estimated 20 percent drop in revenue due to impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government of Ghana, as part of measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease, issued a new travel advisory that bans all travel by non-Ghanaians into Ghana from countries with at least 200 cases of Coronavirus.
The travel advisory, issued in Accra on Sunday, March 15, 2020 also outlined measures to quarantine Ghanaians travelling into Accra from countries with the number of recorded cases stated above.
Speaking to the media after a meeting with airlines operating in Ghana, Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, said his outfit will encourage and entertain proposals on how to support the two institutions meet their recurrent expenditure.
“If this [flights ban due to coronavirus outbreak] continues, our revenue levels will go down, our businesses will dwindle and the airports will be dry places in terms of passengers not coming through. The drastic impact on their bottom line is that they will not get revenue. If passengers are not coming, the GCAA and GACL will not get money and they will not be able to expand their infrastructure, and meet their operational expenses.
“The boards of some of these agencies are meeting and they will be the ones to brainstorm on this and come up with strategies on how government can meet them half-way, if need be, to deal with this matter. We will also be thinking about how best to maintain the situation and make sure that the aviation sector doesn’t go down any further. We will encourage and entertain their ideas after their board meeting on the strategies that they will be proposing to us.”