Domestic flights suspended

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS were cancelled indefinitely yesterday, leaving travelers stranded at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) following the severity of the harmattan weather which affected visibility.

As at press time yesterday evening, the domestic airline companies had not resumed operations because of the severity of the weather.

Mr. Eric Mireku, the Manager, Corporate Communications at the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), told The Ghanaian Times that the airline companies were forced to cancel their flights due to poor visibility.

He said though the decision might have inconvenienced travellers at KIA, the airline companies did not want to compromise passengers’ safety.

“There is poor visibility in the regions due to the harmattan. As we (GCAA) always do, we gave the airline companies the weather updates and due to the poor visibility, they decided to cancel their flights,” he said, adding that the airline companies would resume operations as soon as visibility was clear.

He said, international flights were not affected explaining that the poor weather conditions were in the regions and did not have much impact on flights either leaving or entering the country.

The principal meteorological officer, Muller Siameh, said visibility “is 800 metres and less than 1,000 metres, which is very bad and is not good for landing or taking off. It means that we have a lot of dust in the atmosphere which is obscuring visibility and it is not going to be any better soon”.

By Yaw Kyei

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