Ghana: Lawmaker urges government to sanction British airways

In our earlier report, we detailed how threats of “reciprocal action” by the Ghanaian government forced British Airways to withdraw its initial decision to transfer London to Accra flight service from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport. 

Following the first announcement by the BA, the government of Ghana said in a statement that, “for the avoidance of doubt, we are unable to accept the change in the London-Accra-London flights originating from Gatwick Airport. We are not convinced about the reasons for the movement of the Accra-bound BA service from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport and thus strongly object to the changes.”

The statement added that, “in this regard, we wish to state unequivocally that the Ghanaian authorities will advise itself and take a reciprocal action on behalf of our passengers in the coming days if our call for British Airways to rescind its decision on the movement to Gatwick Airport is not heeded.” This led to the withdrawal of the decision.

However, in a recent development which could probably be informed by the mass trolling of British Airways for succumbing to pressure, the flight service provider has adopted its initial plan to switch London to Accra flight service from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport. 

This unilateral decision has triggered a strong position from a Ghanaian lawmaker cum spokesperson for Transport who is urging the government to sanction the British Airways for taking Ghanaians for granted. “Something must be done to let British Airways know that they cannot take us for granted,” the lawmaker said.

“We’re a sovereign country, when you have this kind of situation, you use diplomatic channels to address it. You don’t unilaterally take decisions which are detrimental to Ghanaian customers and others.” He added.

He further suggested that, British Airways should be restricted from using the usual Kotoka International Airport located in the nation’s capital, Accra; rather, it should be ordered to originate its flight from Tamale in the North or Ho in the Volta region.

The government is yet to officially react to this new decision by the British airways which the lawmaker, Mr. Kwame Agbodza who is also a spokesperson on Transport considered an act of “bad faith” and lack of respect. Do you think the government should respond in equal measures as earlier threatened?

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