Accra Kotoka Airport
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Air Côte d’Ivoire
Cargolux Airlines International
Delta Air Lines
Eagle Atlantic Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Middle East Airlines
Royal Air Maroc
South African Airways
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- Air France
Kotoka International Airport is an international airport serving the city of Accra, Ghana. Kotoka is operated by the Ghana Airports Company Limited and is the main international gateway to the country. Ghanaian domestic carrier Antrak Air is the largest operator at Kotoka, which is served by airlines from across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Location of Accra Kotoka Airport, Ghana
Ground Handlers servicing Accra Kotoka Airport
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Start-up Air Côte d’Ivoire is working towards an Oct-2012 launch, having delayed from Jul-2012 due to regulatory and aircraft delays. Initial services will be international, with a regional network eventually due to increase to nine cities in west and east Africa. Domestic services, initially scheduled to commence by end-2012, will now commence in Jan-2013 to eight cities from the carrier's hub at Abidjan, the country's largest city and former capital.
The carrier's network includes destinations that will be operated by sister carriers Air Mali and Air Burkina, which have a common shareholder – the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) – with Air Côte d’Ivoire. AKFED has a 15% stake in the start-up while Air France has a 20% interest and the Côte d’Ivoire Government the remaining 65%. The carrier is one of many recent start-ups in bustling west Africa.
The once-sleepy market in west Africa continues to prove dynamic, even if occurrences are two steps forward and one step backwards. In the category of the latter, once promising Air Nigeria has suspended operations after a high profile few months that included staff strikes, rumours and two groundings by the regulator. Political interference was thrown into the mix, with a police raid over taxes unpaid from a previous owner. The airline leaves a gap in the high demand Lagos-London market as well as domestic and regional routes.
The situation is more stable in Ghana, whose smaller market but stronger regulations have attracted new carriers. And more may be on their way: South African Airways wants to establish a regional hub in Accra as well as export its lower-cost units in a bid to have a pan-African network. EgyptAir has proposed investing in a small Ghanian carrier to further its reach, a growing sign that Africa will see robust competition rather than the obscure and surprise announcement in 2010 from EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines and SAA to seek broad cooperation with each other.
China's HNA Group, of Hainan Airlines, invests in Africa World Airlines, third new start-up in Ghana
Chinese aviation is entering a new phase with the country's HNA Group, which includes Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines, making the first notable investment in a foreign passenger airline. HNA is taking a stake in Africa World Airlines, a start-up in Ghana that intends to launch low-cost operations this year, joining a crowded field in the West African nation that includes Starbow Airlines and Sir Stelios-backed FastJet, currently operating as Fly540, and incumbent Antrak Air.
Management at Africa World Airlines will be seconded from HNA carriers. HNA takes a long-term view towards investments, which with airlines can sometimes produce inefficiencies, as HNA seeks to build scale ahead of profitability. Africa World intends to start domestic operations modestly, with two Embraer ERJ145LRs, and then expand regionally, across Africa and beyond.
The plan is long term, and therefore consistent with HNA strategy, even if immediate short-term gains are not achieved.
Ghana’s Starbow is preparing to launch in Jul-2012 short-haul international services with its existing fleet of BAe 146s and is aiming to add medium-haul flights in 2013 after it takes delivery of A319s or Boeing 737-700s. The expansion will result in intensifying expansion in the fast-growing Ghanaian market as LCC Fly540 Ghana similarly looks to launch international routes from its Accra hub under the new brand Fastjet and under its new partnership with easyGroup, the latest project of easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. Both Starbow and Fastjet have ambitions to establish a franchise of LCCs or hybrid carriers throughout Africa, an underserved region the two groups believe are poised for explosive intra-regional growth through the stimulation of low fares and introduction of high frequency reliable service.
Starbow launched services in Sep-2011 and currently operates three domestic routes connecting Ghana’s capital Accra with Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale. Fly540 Ghana launched services in Nov-2011 and operates on the same three routes. While Starbow’s current fleet is significantly larger, with four BAe 146s compared to Fly540 Ghana’s single ATR 72, both carriers operate relatively similar schedules.
While Stelios Haji-Ioannou may help give Africa its first low-cost carrier franchise in the form of FastJet, growth should not be expected to occur at the same pace as Stelios' easyJet operation, even if FastJet targets an eventual goal of 12 million passengers annually, which could require upwards of 30 to 40 aircraft. Infrastructure and regulatory challenges in Africa are notable and the general lack of liberalisation across the continent means FastJet will be tied to the antiquated system of bilateral agreements that protect national interests, which remain high at the dawn of a revitalised era in African aviation, spawned by increasing GDP growth and investment.
It is not difficult to see the long-term potential, but in the short-term FastJet will start conservatively. FastJet is due to launch later this year by taking over the operations of Fly540, a pan-African full-service carrier with operations in Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. The re-branding will coincide with the adoption of a LCC model and shedding Fly540's primarily regional aircraft for Embraer E-jets or Airbus A319s, smaller than the typical LCC use of A320s and Boeing 737s.
Cyclical downturns can disproportionately affect end of line carriers since they have few opportunities to pull traffic for long-haul flights, as has been seen with Qantas and to a lesser extent Air New Zealand. But now South African Airways (SAA) is feeling the pinch and will end from 16-Aug-2012 its London Heathrow-Cape Town service after over two decades of operation.
As with Air New Zealand and Qantas redistributing some capacity from competitive intercontinental routes to less competitive and higher-yielding regional markets, SAA intends to expand capacity to the healthy west African markets of Abidjan, Accra and Lagos as well as open longer routes to the healthier markets of Mumbai and Perth.
SAA has not previously encountered challenges the way ANZ and Qantas have, a result of South Africa taking a more restrictive approach to air service agreements, SAA being able to fly non-stop to key markets and there is limited sixth freedom competition from other African carriers.
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