Following the realignment of various policies, establishment of key institutions, and amendment of laws governing the aviation sector in line with international requirements over the past few years, Ghana is in pole position to regain its US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category 1 status.

The FAA Category 1 status allows new, direct, highly desirable, and profitable routes into the United States and also allows code-sharing with a US air-carrier. What this simply means is that, Ghanaian registered carriers will be able to offer flights to the US and form meaningful partnerships with US carriers, thereby offering passengers more travelling options from Ghana to the North American country.

That’s a good perspective to all airports from Ghana, first of all Kotoka International Airport.

Kotoka International Airport, Accra

Reforms led by the Aviation Ministry have placed the country in line to move from its current Category 2 status to Category 1 Status soon, after over a decade since the downgrade.

These reforms include: the recent inauguration of the National Air Transport Facilitation Committee; obtaining Africa’s highest score in Aviation Safety Oversight after scoring a provisional Effective Implementation (EI) rate of 89 percent; and the expected decoupling of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) from Air Navigation Services this year.

Again, the expected establishment of an independent Accident Investigations Board, and amendment of the GCAA Act are all major developments in line with UN agency the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) requirements.

Green Views congratulates the Aviation Ministry for its efforts that have resulted in this stride for the aviation industry in Ghana.