Chief Executive Officers of the three leading Airlines in West Africa Asky, Arik and Aero have confirmed participation at the Accra Weizo event scheduled for the 15th of July in Accra Ghana. They will be discussing the increasing challenges faced by Airlines in West Africa.
West Africa has a population of over 300million from 15 countries and over 40 airports. Despite having the largest economy in Africa, West Africa is very poor in aviation matters compared to East, South and North Africa. It cannot boast of a major aviation hub much less a super airline, said the organiser, Ikechi Uko.
Uko noted that every airline comes to West Africa to fill up their balance sheet yet the airlines in West Africa struggle to maintain profitability, adding that taxes and policy hurdles cripple profitable operations in West Africa.
These issues will be trashed out at the aviation session of the event expected to be chaired by the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) supported by his Ghanaian compatriot, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), who have all been invited to the event.
Accra Weizo is an event put together by the organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market with the support of Ghana Ministry of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts. It debuted last year.
The 2016 edition themed: “Seamless Travels in West Africa” will host a discussion session on West Africa as a Single Destination.