Togbe Afede XIV addressed the media that the start of a commercial flight to the Ho Airport by the African World Airline was a reality, for which residents must embrace and patronise to make it more attractive to other investors.
The much-awaited dream and maiden flight by domestic carrier, African World Airline took off its first test flight on Thursday afternoon in the Volta Regional capital at the Ho Airport.
The Embraer 145 airplane flown by Captain Kwesi Oteng, touched down at the domestic airport at 2:10 pm with 36 passengers on board, which include officials of the airline, led by their co-founder, Togbe Afede XIV, officials of the Ghana Airport Company and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.
They took off from the Domestic Terminal of the Kotoka International Airport in Accra at about 1:40 pm.
To see the dream come true, traditional leaders of Asogli – Togbe Afede’s paramountcy, political leaders including, the Volta regional minister, Dr Archibald Letsa and Mr Henry Ametefee, Regional Chairman of the opposition NDC were present.
A libation was poured to thank the gods of the land for the safe arrival of the first commercial flight to the region and also commit official operations of the airline at the Ho Airport into the hands of the Lord Jesus.
Togbe Afede, who is also the Agbogbomefia of Asogli State in Ho, briefing the media upon arrival, paid glowing tribute to the government of former President Mahama for initiating the airport project and the current government for seeing through its completion and operationalization.
He said the start of a commercial flight to the Ho Airport by the African World Airline was a reality, for which residents must embrace and patronise to make it more attractive to other investors.
‘From today, we expect that ordinary passengers will be able to travel to Accra in a matter of 20 minutes by air,’ he stated, adding that, with the rising cost of fuel in the country, it was cheaper for people to park their cars and board a flight to Accra and back in ease.
The Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company, Mr Yaw Kwakwa said his outfit was still engaging other domestic carriers to ply the route, adding that, in due course, there will be a flight from other parts of the country to the Ho airport whiles those from Ho does same.
Togbe Afede again hinted at plans to start a pilot training school and aircraft maintenance facility in the area, in order to create career opportunities for young people in the aviation industry.
Touching in the economic activities and benefits, the regional minister Dr Archibald Yao Letsa noted, the region’s tourism sector was set to be more attractive which will set the region in the spotlight as some groups have already begun moves to organise chartered flights for tourists to visit the numerous tourist attractions in the Region.
The Honorable Regional Minister, therefore, entreated residents to keep to their side and make good use of the advantage the airport will bring as the government and other stakeholders have done part to bring aviation services to their doorsteps.
The Volta Regional minister thanked the AWA for keeping to their word and activating the commercial flight on the Ho airport.
He charged residents to take advantage of the numerous fortunes the aviation industry will bring to the Region.