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Local airlines need incentives to activate Ho airport --- Adaklu MP

Member of Parliament for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza is advocating for government to give local airlines incentives like tax wavers to encourage them use the Ho Airport that has been completed but not in use.

According to the Adaklu lawmaker, the Aviation Minister had revealed that with the completion of the airport to activate its use has to do with convincing the domestic airlines to ply that route; telling them it is a viable business.

He further added in an interview that if foreign airlines are given tax wavers on spare parts why not for domestic airlines.

“That would give the airlines the opportunity to reinvest some of their funds as far as I am concerned, it has nothing to do with infrastructure, the airport is completed, we do have passengers, it is simply that the Aviation Ministry has not been able to convince some operators of that rout”.

Mr. Kwame Agbodza pointed out that the former Aviation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah in April of 2018 visited the Ho Airport and expressed her satisfaction and noted that the airport would be activated soon, but it has been more than a year now.

The runway is fully completed but the airport is not in use, it creates the impression that twenty-five million dollars investment that we are repaying is not being put in use, it is a very sad situation.

“When in use would unlock economic activities in the region, those who are supposed to get jobs as air traffic controllers, people would shuttle between Ho, Accra, Kumasi and other regions with airports”.

Again if one or twice a trip in a week, we have Passion and African World Airline as domestic airlines, government can come up with some agreement with them, when they start there would be traffic on that route.

Majority of the MPs from the Volta Region do go to their constituencies once a week, we need government to activate the rout. 

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com 

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