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The 12th routes Africa has been launched in Accra to enhance the Aviation in industry in Ghana. Ghana Airport Company Limited has been selected to host the 12th Routes Africa Conference and Exhibition from July 16-18 this year.

Minister of Aviation Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, in her speech emphasized that, "Routes Africa is the longest standing and most established Aviation Forum bringing together leading airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss air services to, from and within Africa for over a decade.

Routes Africa recognizes the importance of enhance intra-Africa air connectivity to stimulate economic development across the region. By uniting the region's key decision making institutions and stakeholders, Routes Africa provides an effective platform for decision makers to update their industry knowledge, discuss potential and existing air services, and network with industry influence."

She said, the choice of Ghana as host of the 12th Routes Africa Conference is not only timely but also strategic in that, Ghana will be showcased on the world map and since this forum is an assembly of industry experts and leaders, it will further boost the image of the country. I am particularly happy that it is coming at  a time when giant strides have been made in the industry."

Again, the ministry, as part of it plans, is determined to ensure that the necessary facilities and infrastructure are in place to match the increased growth in air traffic."

 Indeed the completion of the new Terminal 3 designed to accommodate 5 million passengers a year and to process 1,200 passengers in an hour speaks volumes of Government's determination to improve services in the sector. The cardinal focus of this current administration is therefore to ensure that the aviation industry is given the needed boost to position it strategically amongst its competitors in the sub-region and beyond.

As proof of Government's commitment, the ministry of Aviation has over the past one year been engaging various investors, both local and foreign, to partner Government in establishing a Home -Based Carrier. The Home-based Carrier, is expected to help the country derive maximum benefit from the aviation sector which supports 6.8 million job and contributes USD 72.5 billion to gross domestic product (GDP) in Africa,she said."

Source: | Kofi Dwumah

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