Passion Air: Local airline operator falls on government for support due to COVID-19
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Passion Air: Local airline operator falls on government for support due to COVID-19

- A local airline, Passion Air, has revealed plans of falling on the government for support due to the effects of COVID-19

- The airline revealed that airlines now carry 50% less passengers and enforce regulations of nose masks and hand sanitizers

- The government earlier announced a stimulus package of GHC1 billion for households and businesses

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One of Ghana’s local airline operators, Passion Air, has hinted of falling on the government for support due to the economic effects of COVID-19.

Information available shows that the airline is in dire need of financial support to continue its operations.

According to the airline’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Samuel Razak Tachie, some changes have been implemented in a bid to comply with the outlined safety protocols for flight operations.

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YEN.com.gh has reported that the government has set aside one billion cedis to support households and businesses to minimize the impact of the Coronavirus.

Per a report by citibusinessnews.com, domestic airlines suspended flight operations for about four weeks due to the partial lockdown implemented in Accra and parts of Kumasi.

Work resumed on Friday, May 1, 2020, but airlines were compelled to adhere to a directive of reducing the number of passengers per flight by 50%.

All passengers are also required to wear a nose mask and carry an acceptable quantity of hand sanitizer on them.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has estimated a 20% reduction in revenue as the number of flights allowed into Ghana reduces.

According to the GCAA, the coronavirus has negatively affected its operations and it may, therefore, have to resort to other means to make up for the shortfall.

GCAA’s Director-General, Ing. Simon Allotey explained that the company depends largely on charges levied on passengers.

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