COVID-19: Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport resumes domestic flights as signs of recovery appear

David Whitely by David Whitely | May 6, 2020

Ghana has become the first African country to resume domestic flights in the wake of COVID-19.

The Government has embarked on a disinfection exercise of the country’s major airports including Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Kotoka International Airport has introduced and enforced new measures to prioritize the health and safety of passengers and staff, including temperature checks, the making the wearing of face masks mandatory, physical distancing protocols in the airport and on-board aircraft, and the increased use of sanitizer.

Deputy Minister for Aviation of Ghana Yaw Afful said: “The government is very interested in making sure that everybody in this country is safe, particularly those who are going to be getting on various aircraft. So, my message to them is make sure that all the protocols that have been set in place are followed.”

Chief Operations Officer at Africa World Airlines Sean Mendis said: “So far, the response has been very positive. We are positive that, as things begin to get back to normal and people get used to the protocols … that the numbers will increase.”

Passengers have been impressed with the enhanced safety measures at the airport.

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David Whitely

David Whitely

Senior Director, FTI Consulting
David Whitely is a ACI World Business Partner with more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, corporate, media, and public relations in the UK, Canada and Australia. He has held in roles with HSBC, and with the governments of the UK and Western Australia. In aviation, David has served in the senior leadership teams of London Gatwick Airport and ACI World. He is currently a Senior Director with FTI Consulting based in the Asia-Pacific region and supports clients on strategic communications matters including ESG, crisis and reputation management, and change communication.
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