18 March, 2023

Important information to consider before you fly on a plane


Plans for the creation of a new national airline in Ghana have taken a step forward with the Ghanaian government awarding startup Ashanti Airlines and Zotus Group a tender to begin operations this year.

The airline, to be known as Fly Ghana Airlines, will start flights from the nation’s capital, Accra. The date of the carrier’s first flight is yet to be announced. Domestic and regional routes will be served first, with long-haul services to destinations including London Heathrow and New York envisaged to follow.

UK-based investment group Zotus will fund the new entity. Ghana has been without a national carrier since the collapse of Ghana International Airlines in 2010. Zotus Group describes itself as “an organization dedicated to the development of humanitarian projects and transforming Africa and third world countries,” with a portfolio spanning areas such as hydrocarbons, manufacturing and agriculture.

Zotus was co-founded by former England international soccer player Emile Heskey and business development specialist Davison Simango.

“The time has come to return Ghana to the aviation map,” Ghanaian Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said when announcing the contract award to Ashanti and Zotus.

“Learning from past experiences and following best practices within the aviation industry, it is best to collaborate with the private sector,” the minister said.

Both Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir had earlier been linked with the planned new carrier as strategic partners but neither is involved at this stage. EgyptAir said in 2022 that there had been no movement in negotiations between the Ghanaian and Egyptian governments for some time.

In a statement, Zotus Group said that Heskey would lead what it described as “a credible board of directors along with aviation start-up specialist Hitesh Patel and business development expert Davison Simango.” The statement added that the airline is currently recruiting for a number of C-suite roles.

At the 2019 edition of Dubai Airshow, the Ghanaian government signed tentative commitments for three Boeing 787-9s and “up to six” De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprops for the new national carrier. However, it is not known if these will be the aircraft with which the new airline begins operations. In the Zotus statement, Heskey was quoted as saying: “We are in the market sourcing aircraft to start our operations.”


Transport Minister, Kwaku Asiamah Ofori has announced that a new national Airline will begin operation in June. 

Fly Ghana Airlines as it will be called will fly to the UK and USA. 

Addressing journalists in Accra, Kwaku Asiamah Ofori says the Airline has satisfied all the requirements. 

It is well grounded and all the requirements have been satisfied. They are going to launch their logo, my information is that by the end of April or May, they will start selling their tickets. And by June-July, you will see a national airline-Ghana Airlines flying in the air. Insha Allah it shall be well,” Transport Minister noted.

Find out how much baggage you can take with you as well as what you can bring on board as cabin baggage. If you need a bit more, you can buy extra baggage allowance online. And you can find out how to check in items like sports equipment, musical instruments, or mobility aids.

Depending on your passport and destination you may need to arrange a visa before you fly. Check whether you need one and how to apply here. You can also see the different types of visa you can get for Uganda and how we can help you with the process. We’ve also added useful information about US visa rules and airport security checks.

This is where you’ll find information about family travel, booking our Unaccompanied Minors service, as well as all the details of our special meals for dietary requirements. You’ll also find flying notices, rules and regulations, as well as your customer rights. And before you pack, check if you’re carrying an item that’s not allowed in Uganda as well as how to get approvals for certain medications.

Get set for a safe and comfortable journey with tips and health advice on vaccines, medication, travelling during pregnancy, arranging special assistance and more. We’ve also offered some reassuring advice on what to do if you feel unwell on board, as well as tips for staying healthy when you arrive like tackling insect bites and beating jet lag. There’s a list of our contact details so you can get in touch with us wherever you are.

If you have any medical concerns about making a long journey, or if you suffer from a respiratory or cardiovascular condition, it is best to consult your doctor before traveling. Think about the destination as well as the journey. Ask your doctor whether you will need any vaccinations or special medication. Note that some high altitude or industrial cities can aggravate asthma or other respiratory ailments.

There are many over-the-counter medications available. But we recommend that you always consult your doctor to determine which are suitable for you. Requirements for flying during pregnancy. Expectant mothers need to carry a medical certificate issued by a VOG (Visiting Obstetrics and Gynaecologists) within 3 days of departure confirming the date of delivery and fitness to fly.

Avoid overeating
During a long flight, when your body is considerably less active than usual, your digestive system slows down and is less able to digest large quantities of food. Eat lightly and sensibly before the flight.

Arrive early
Allow yourself plenty of time to check-in, shop and reach the boarding gate. Rushing can place your body under mental and physical stress. Try to relax as much as possible at the airport. If you are traveling in Business Class, arrive early and enjoy the lounge facilities.

Travel lightly
Avoid over packing
Avoid carrying heavy bags through the airport and on to the aircraft. This may place the body under considerable stress. Carry only essential items with you that you will need during your flight.

Smoking policy
Smoking of E-cigarettes is not permitted, Smoking of any kins is not permitted.

Wear glasses instead of contact lenses
The aircraft cabin air is drier than you may be used to and your contact lenses may cause eye irritation. We recommend that you wear your glasses in-flight. Your eyes will feel fresher and less tired when you arrive and you can then put your contact lenses back in.

For infants and kids passengers
Baby food is available upon request from a Cabin crew, as are special cots. Games are on hand to keep children occupied during the flight.

For your well-being
A number of over-the-counter medicines are available from our Cabin crew.

Assistance for passengers with reduced mobility
If you need a wheelchair to help you through the airport, please request at the time of making your booking so that we may endeavor to provide this service. Visually impaired or hearing impaired passengers. If you require meet-and-assist service or if you need to be guided to or from the aircraft, please notify the booking agent at the time of making your reservation.

Safety first
Mobile phones are not permitted to be used on ground while the aircraft is refueling and once the doors are closed, even on flight mode.

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