Magazine article New African

Bright Future for Aviation Sector: The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Is to Introduce Airlines Operating in Its Jurisdiction to Electronic Check-In and Seat Reservation Processes to Save Passengers the Burden of Having to Travel to the Airport for Such Formalities, Reports Stephen Gyasi Jnr

Magazine article New African

Bright Future for Aviation Sector: The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Is to Introduce Airlines Operating in Its Jurisdiction to Electronic Check-In and Seat Reservation Processes to Save Passengers the Burden of Having to Travel to the Airport for Such Formalities, Reports Stephen Gyasi Jnr

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According to Simon Allotey (pictured), the GCAA's director-general, electronic check-in and seat reservation will put Ghana on the global aviation radar as a place where technology is the mainstay of the aviation business. "It will also reduce the human traffic that goes with pre-flight arrangements and the needless contact with security operatives which sometimes compromises the integrity of some of our officers," Allotey explained.

The GCAA will also put in place measures to minimise luggage and cargo loss by collaborating with the national security system to clamp down on theft, especially at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. A similar collaboration with the British government known as Operation West Bridge has reduced the use of the Accra airport as a transit point for drug trafficking by Latin American drug barons and their Ghanaian accomplices.

Due to the sophisticated nature of the drug, trade, regular training programmes are being organised to sharpen the skills and detective capabilities of security personnel at the airport, to ensure that they stay ahead of the drug barons.

The GCAA recently inaugurated an ultra-modern training academy in Accra to save the aviation authority the high costs of training its air traffic controllers and other personnel abroad.

With Ghana fast becoming a preferred tourism destination, based on its time-honoured hospitality, Ghana International Airline (GIA), the nation's official carrier, believes there is a lot left of the tradition to keep hope alive. GIA's chief executive, Gifty Annan-Myers, says despite the initial problems that dogged the six-year-old airline, "GIA has one of the most impressive luggage recovery rates and compensation packages, so I believe this and other reasons should make passengers hope for good news in the near future". …

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