- March 2, 2017
- Posted by: activesol
- Category: International, Investments
Air France, a leading European carriers, has successfully operated its maiden direct flight between Accra, Ghana and Paris, France.
The maiden flight touched down at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at about 7pm with 178 passengers on-board the Airbus A330.
The Paris-Charles de Gaulle-based airline will operate its flights on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays; departing Accra at 22:25 and arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 06:00am the next morning.
Welcoming the airline’s senior officials to Ghana, the Aviation Minister, Cecelia Dapaah, said government and the aviation sector regulators are happy to have Air France in the country and will give the company the needed support to succeed.
The new service will offer travelers the convenience of connecting hundreds of flights to other cities in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
The entry of Air France into Ghana’s aviation space is expected to deepen competition and diversity in one of the fast-growing economic sectors in the country.
Air France, headquartered in Tremblay-en-France, is a subsidiary of the Air France–KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.
Mr. Jean-Marc Janaillac. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Air France-KLM, told the B&FT on the sidelines of a press conference held in Accra yesterday that the decision to start a direct service on the Accra-Paris route is because of the success of its sister company, KLM, in Ghana.
“It’s because of the success of the flights of KLM. KLM has been flying daily from Accra to Amsterdam for many year. Their flights are always full and so we thought it could be useful to add new flights but instead of adding flight to Amsterdam, we thought it was better to have other opportunities by flying three times a week to Paris because it allows more connection to more destination and different timetables.
Mr. Janaillac said the Air France-KLM group will leverage on their twin hub of Amsterdam and Paris to offer the best service to travelers.
“The twin hub of Amsterdam and Paris is really the main topic of our global strategy on long-haul destinations. It gives our clients the opportunity to fly either through Paris or through Amsterdam to other destinations.
So, it gives more opportunities to business and tourist travelers that want to go to different countries of Europe, US or Asia. So it is our strategy to give more opportunities and more choices to our clients,” he said.
Dick van Nieuwenhuyzen, Country Manager of Air France-KLM said: “If you talk about Air France-KLM, Air France is finally here and I am now the manager of 10 flight between Accra and Europe—7 to Amsterdam, 3 to Europe. That is good for the people of Ghana because there will be competition. This is also good for exporters and the economy.
For Air France, we will not hire extra staff because it will all be handled by KLM staff. For the passengers, the service they are used to getting from KLM organisation will be extended to Air France.