GCAA Staff To Ground Flights Friday

Domestic flights are likely to be grounded on Friday if government fails to secure a property belonging to the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

According to staff of GCAA, who threatened to strike and suspend domestic flights indefinitely, their action had been occasioned by the encroachment on some GCAA lands at La Nkwantanan, near Madina in Accra which have been seized by armed land guards.

The GCAA is mounting a €600,000 (GH¢2,618,695) air traffic equipment but encroachers are not allowing the air traffic regulator to carry out its installation works.

The staff said if government fails to respond positively by Friday, July 8, 2016, they will carry out their threat, which is expected to affect the operations of international airlines.

The workers said they had made appeals to the Ministry of Transport, as well as the management to secure the land for us to install those equipment but all the appeals have been ignored.

On June 21, 2016, the staff served notice of their intended strike over the encroachment of their lands, warning that the appropriation of lands reserved for aviation traffic purposes by private developers and politicians would compromise aviation security and safety in Ghana.

A meeting between management of GCAA, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport and the Ministry of Transport took place yesterday to find a lasting solution to the problem.

By Samuel Boadi