A recent report has revealed that the the newly introduced Ghanaian local airline company, Baby Jet Airline would soon start operations.
This disclosure was made by Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Simon Allotey, in an interview with Citi Business News. According to Mr. Allotey, the airline company could begin full time business before the end of next year, 2018, if it is able to fulfill all the necessary requirements.
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He disclosed that the company’s team is working hard to meet all the criteria needed for them to be issued an Air Operator Certificate to enable them start operations as a full-fledged airline.
“If the company works very hard and their manuals are found satisfactory and they have the aircraft they intend to operate and assuming all things are in place, then within six months they can complete the certification process.”
It has been made clear that the opening of the Baby Jet Airline is fully dependent on its receiving an Air Operator Certificate. This is in turn dependent on the airline’s ability to acquire all the necessary documents, licenses and facilities required of it by law to operate.
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The process to secure an Air Operator Certificate comprises about five separate steps. Among the requirements at these stages are the acquisition of business operation manuals, aircraft, crew and management information and so on.
The GCAA Director General revealed that it takes most airlines an average of 12 to 18 months to meet the requirements and start up operations.
He however, pointed out that most airline companies get choked up at the stage of acquiring aircraft. According to him, the companies easily scale through the earlier stages but are usually compelled to delay when it is time for them to acquire jets for the business.
The newly introduced Baby Jet Airlines is owned by popular Ghanaian striker and Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan. A sneak peek of the business was first muted by His Excellency, President Nana Akufo-Addo at the opening ceremony of African Air Expo at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday, October 25.
The President during the occasion, revealed that the Ghana National Team skipper has already obtained a Carrier Licence. However, the airline which is believed to be a domestic flight is yet to meet other requirements to enable it start operations. It has also been hinted that the company will first start with cargo handling before expanding to passenger conveyance.
Baby Jet Airlines is one out of the numerous business ventures owned and managed by Asamoah Gyan. The venture is set to become the third local airline company in Ghana.
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