The domestic air travel sub-sector of Ghana’s aviation industry has received a major boost as new entrant; Passion Air secures a second aircraft to commence operation up north, only one month into its business operations in the country.
The new aircraft, a Bombardier-9G-PIA 78-seater propeller plane with a touch of Kente design to its posterior end adds to an existing liner which plies the Accra-Kumasi route, 62 flights weekly.
At a brief ceremony to commission the new aircraft at the Kotoka International Airport on Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Head of Sales and Marketing at Passion Air, Samuel Abdul-Razak Tachie said, “we have heard the clamour of the people of Tamale who are eagerly waiting for us to start the Tamale route” and announced that the “first commercial flight to Tamale will operate on Tuesday October 2, 2018”.
“The acceptance of the Q400 by the travelling public has been overwhelming and has encouraged us to bring a second aircraft to increase our domestic outreach; passengers have commended us for the aircraft’s comfort, ample baggage space and speed as well as the professionalism of our experienced cabin crew and pilots”, he announced.
Passion Air which currently operates three aircraft; one for charter and two for commercial flights promised a fourth plane would be outdoored by the end of October to commence operations on the Accra-Takoradi route.
In his keynote address, the Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Ltd, John Attafuah commended Passion Air “for their commitment to taking the domestic industry to another level” and said “the arrival of the second aircraft will set the stage for competition on the Tamale route”.
“The entry of Passion Air has led to a significant drop in air fares, resulting in an increase in traffic from 400 passengers a day to about 700 passengers a day on the Kumasi route”, he said.
“We appreciate the competition your entering into the market has created”, Mr John Attafuah announced and impressed on the management of Passion Air to consider plying the Wa and Ho routes in future as government strives to establish airports in other cities.
According to Samuel Abdul-Razak Tachie, Passion Air would fly two times daily form Monday to Saturday and three on Sundays on the Accra-Tamale route and said in the medium term, the Kumasi-Tamale route would be considered by the middle of next year as the demand come in and prove to be “economically good”.
Passion Air seeks to become the favorite of passengers as it promises unforgettable travel experiences, excellent customer services, fair pricing, safety and comfortability for its patrons.