The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is looking at developing more routes to fuel more activity by airline operators to take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
According to the Regional Officer for Air Traffic Management for the International Civil Aviation Authority (IATA), they are confident the routes will enhance economic activity especially for Ghana as host of the headquarters of AfCFTA.
“Ghana is the centre and we anticipate that with the establishment of AfCFTA Agreement economic activity in the region will generally increase and that increase will open up the market for other airlines or those airlines that are not flying or operating to Ghana.
“So in addition to our plans we are trying to assess what the needs are to allow airlines to take advantage of the increase in activity and plan,” he said.
According to him, the airlines will decide on the routes based on the markets they want to work in and IATA will provide the necessary infrastructure to allow them to fly the routes when they are ready.
The International Civil Aviation Organization Regional officer for Air traffic management Albert Taylor revealed this when he spoke at the Africa and Indian Ocean Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Route Lab and continuous climb and continuous descent development and implementation Workshop.
The workshop saw a gathering of stakeholders in the aviation space to discuss a way of maintaining and improving safety standards within the African airspace and airports across the continent.
The Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Engineer Simon Allotey said the workshop is timely for the industry as the Performance-Based Navigation affords significant benefits including improved safety, increased