Ashanti Airlines: Reports Claim Government Selects Strategic Investor For Home-Based Carrier

Ashanti Airlines: Reports Claim Government Selects Strategic Investor For Home-Based Carrier

  • Ashanti Airlines has been selected as a strategic partner for Ghana's new national carrier
  • The company, owned by Osei Kwame Despite and his partner Ernest Sarpong, beat Ethiopian Airlines and JNH Group in the race to operate Ghana's flag carrier
  • A new name for the national airline will soon be announced to the public

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Ghana is set to fly a national carrier again following the selection of an indigenous company, Ashanti Airlines, as a strategic investor for the country's home-based air carrier.

Ashanti Airlines, according to a report by AviationGhana, is owned by popular businessmen Osei Kwame Despite and Ernest Ofori Sarpong. Osei Kwame Despite owns many successful businesses under the Despite Group of Companies.

The report disclosed that the company has already acquired an Air Carrier License (ACL) and an Air Operator Certificate is within reach. That certificate would authorize the company to conduct specified commercial air transport operations. The ACL was acquired in 2019 for domestic, regional, and intercontinental flights.

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Despite and Sarpong
Osei Kwame Despite (L) and Ernest Sarpong are partners in Ashanti Airlines. Source: UGC.
Source: UGC

It is not yet clear when the airline will start operation. However, rumours say operations could start by the end of this year since the company has started looking for qualified people to employ.

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Ashanti Airlines edged ahead of JNH Group and Ethiopian Airlines to win the bid as operator of Ghana’s national flag carrier.

Ghana has been struggling to revive its national carrier since the collapse of Ghana International Airlines in 2010. Before this, Ghana Airways also collapsed in 2004.

Since then, the country has been trying to set up a new home-based carrier without much success. Previous MoUs with Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir at different times fell on the rocks.

Subsequently, a committee to vet proposals for a new national carrier was set up, leading to the selection of Ashanti Airlines.

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A new name is scheduled to be selected for the new national carrier.

Domestic airlines in Ghana: A list of the top companies ideal for your next trip has meanwhile reported in a separate story that airline travel in Africa has not had the same commercial success as in most first-world countries.

One cause could be the high costs associated with flying. However, you will be surprised to learn that domestic airlines in nations such as Ghana are known to offer reasonable and economical fares.

The West African country has many airline operators, but picking the best is difficult. Learn about the top domestic airlines in Ghana and decide which one is best for your next trip.

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