Air Traffic Controllers
Air Traffic Controllers

It is being attended by many industry players around the globe, including representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Transport Federation, amongst several others.

Air Traffic Controllers
Air Traffic Controllers

Air traffic controllers across Africa and the Middle East are also attending the meeting.

Mrs Joyce Bawah Mogtari, the Deputy Minister of Transport, who opened the meeting, said Mrs Mogtari, said the government would ensure, that Ghana had one of the safest skies in the world.

“It is the vision of the Government, to establish the Kotoka International Airport and in fact Ghana, as an aviation hub in the sub-region,” she said, promising that, in line with is, the government would continue to provide the vital state of the art equipment, needed for the sustenance of excellence in the aviation industry.

The Deputy Minister said other plans were afoot to improve upon the aviation sector in addition to the decoupling exercise, which created the Ghana Airports Company Limited, as the airports service provider; and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority as the regulator, which had greatly improved airport management and operations and also reflected standard aviation practice.

She said as a result of the 2012 Abuja Declaration at the Africa Flight Safety Summit, and the endorsement of a resolution by the African Union for all states to create an independent Civil aviation authority as regulator, Ghana was pursuing plans of decoupling the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority into Civil Aviation Authority as the independent regulator, and the creation of a new entity, the Air Navigation Service Authority Provider.

She said air transport played a major role in the fast transportation of passengers and goods, thus driving sustainable economies, supporting employment and contributing to Gross Domestic Product.

She said: “Whilst the rapid growth of the aviation industry increased air traffic, the air space that would contain this growth would not increase in size, so one can appreciate the enormous challenges that the Air Transport Industry may face from now to 2028 and beyond.”

The Deputy Minister noted that poorly managed air traffic growth could lead to safety risks, but said, the infrastructural developments needed to contain these come with huge costs and needed to be well coordinated.”

Mrs Motgari urged participants to come out with resolutions that would assist Governments to continue to create the enabling environment, aimed at improving the safety of international flights in Africa.

Themed, “Creating Enabling Environment for Air Navigational Service Providers to Perform,” the three-day meeting is being hosted by the Ghana Air Traffic Controllers Association.

It seeks to come up with resolutions that would complement safety in air travel.

Source: GNA/newsghana.com.gh

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