Domestic flight operations halted as GCAA staff strike over land encroachment

GCAA staff in red appearances. Credit: Fred Duhoe

The staff of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) began a strike in protest of the encroachment of aviation lands at the La Wireless Station which is adjacent the AU Village in Accra.

According to the staff, activities of a private developer on the land is interrupting with critical aviation cable installments underground affecting the ability of the Air Navigation Services (ANS) which is a department within the GCAA responsible for managing air traffic on behalf of the country to get clear signals to aid the arrival and departure of aircrafts.

The strike action which commences Wednesday, October 14, 2020 evening resulted in the disruption of the operation of two domestic airlines – Africa World Airline (AWA) and Passions Airline. Several passengers were stranded at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) as staff at the ANS refused to provide aviation signals to aid the departure of domestic airlines at the KIA.

The Manager of Corporate Communication at the GCAA Eric Mireku Amaning in an interview with the B&FT said the Minister of Aviation Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations Ignatius Baffoe Awuah and Deputy Minister of Interior Henry Quartey held a crunch with the staff to resolve the issue.

The Staff demanded an MOU on the matter before they return to work.

Work ongoing on the aviation lands harboring critical installation underground

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