SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS LUNCHES MAIDEN DIRECT FLIGHT TO GHANA FROM WASHINGTON
South African Airways, on Monday, August 4, 2015 lunched its maiden flight from Accra with the landing of its plane at the Dulles International Airport.
The plane was greeted on arrival in Washington, DC by officials of the South African Airways, the South African Embassy and the Ghana Embassy all in Washington, DC and some members of the African Diaspora.
On board the flight from Kotoka International Airport, Accra were Ghana’s Minister for Transport, Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor and her Chief Director, Mr. Selby Twumasi-Ankra, the Acting Director General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Mr. Abdulia Alhassan and Board Chairman of Mr Anthony Lithur.
Also on board was the RSA High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms. Lulama Xingwana, Kenneth Ashigbey, Managing Director of Graphic Communication Group and Head of Ecobank Cluster, Mr. Elhanan Owureku Asare.
A representative of South African Airways, welcoming the flight and the delegation from Ghana and South Africa at the Dulles International Airport, noted that the maiden flight between the two countries was a dream come true and the culmination of years of cooperation between the Presidents of Ghana and South Africa.
Later in the evening at a reception at the Ghana Embassy for the Ghanaian and South African delegations, His Excellency Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd) noted that direct flight from Dulles International Airport to Accra was the manifestation of South-South cooperation which he said has helped in the cooperation between Ghana and South Africa.
He congratulated the Ministry of Transport of Ghana and South African Airways and the team that made the South African Airways flight from Accra to Washington a reality.
The Deputy Chief of Mission of the South African Embassy in Washington, DC, described as momentous occasion, the lunching of a new non-stop service by the South African Airways from Washington, D.C. to Accra and congratulated the governments of Ghana and South Africa Airways saying “your effort was a bold and courageous one”.
The Minister of Transport, Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, said the ceremony brings back memories of Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the struggle for independence of the African continent when leaders of the continent sought to cooperate among themselves to strengthen their economies.
The Air transport partnership between Ghana and South Africa, she noted, will impact on millions of lives not only in Africa but also in the Diaspora.
The cooperation will also strengthen the South-South cooperation and improve trade among African countries which eventually will lead to the improvement of the economies of African countries, the Minister said.
Hon. Attivor appealed to African countries to work towards the fulfilment of the Yamoussoukro declaration which seeks to strengthen trade among African countries.
The reception welcoming the inaugural flight to Washington, DC was attended by hundreds of Africans in the Washington Metropolis including the Ghanaian Community.