GCAA celebrates 38 years of safe skies

Ing. Charles Kraikue, Director General, GCAA

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) marked a major milestone as it celebrated its 38th anniversary of regulating the aviation industry and providing safe air navigation services in Ghanaian airspace.

The anniversary celebration, held at the authority’s headquarters in Accra, was a time to reflect on nearly four decades of hard work, perseverance and unwavering commitment to excellence in ensuring safe skies over the country.

“Today we celebrate a remarkable 38 years of the GCAA’s dedication to this crucial mandate,” said Ing. Charles Kraikue, Director General of the GCAA, in his anniversary speech. “Over these three decades and eight years, we’ve grown from a small group of pioneers to a thriving community of over 400 staff members.”

Ing. Kraikue paid tribute to the authority’s retired personnel who sacrificed time with families to build the GCAA to its current stature. “Our retired staff worked tirelessly, often sacrificing precious time with their loved ones, to elevate this organization,” he stated. “The GCAA will forever be indebted to them for their immense contributions to our shared successes.”

The director general also recognized long-serving staff about to receive service awards. “A special mention to those of you who will receive long service awards today – your sustained commitment is truly commendable,” Ing. Kraikue said.

He reminded the gathering that the GCAA’s successes were enabled by support from stakeholders including government, board members, airlines, and others in the aviation sector.

Ing. Kraikue urged his team to “continue raising the GCAA flag high while ensuring our skies remain safe and secure.”

The GCAA helmsman reflected on the authority’s humble beginnings and the pioneers who paved the way. “As we look back, we remember the innovators who pushed boundaries and the unsung heroes who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. We honor their legacy as we build upon the foundation they laid,” he stated.

On the future, Ing. Kraikue said “As we celebrate this 38-year milestone, let us reaffirm our dedication to ensuring safe skies and continued progress in Ghana’s aviation sector.”

The celebration also recognized staff retiring this year after years of dedicated service to the GCAA.

In discussing updates in Ghana’s aviation landscape, the director general disclosed that the GCAA is evaluating about two domestic airline operatorcertification applications. However, he revealed that the proposed new home-based carrier has only completed the first three stages of the licensing process so far.

The GCAA was established in 1986 as the regulatory body for aviation in Ghana. Its core functions include regulating air transport operations, licensing of air operators and aviation personnel as well as provision of air navigation services within Ghana’s airspace.

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