The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) will from Saturday 1st October begin charging its safety charge on all international and regional flights in Ghana.
The implementation of the safety charge which was originally scheduled to take effect in August 2016 was halted after the airlines complained that they had not been duly consulted and could not immediately add the safety charge as it was against the IATA rules of ticketing.
But according to GCAA Director-General Simon Allottey, they had reached aÂ common agreement with all stakeholders within the industry after consultations.
â€œAfter exhaustive consultations and discussions with all parties, we have agreed that implementation date would be from first October this year.â€
He further explained that â€œthis is because we have done all the necessary consultations involving International Air Transport Association (IATA) plus we have involved all the airlines and the board of the airlines' representatives in Ghana.â€
â€˜Let me state that all other key stakeholders both local and international were consulted to discuss all the modalities for implementation and we are ready to begin the implementationâ€™, he stated, according to citibusinessnews.com
The safety charge which would increase airline tickets by 10-20 dollars has come about after the amendment of the GCAA Act 2016 (Act 906) which was assented by the President in February this year.