Domestic flights will begin operations within the country from Friday May 1, Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, has announced.
Ghana’s airports were shut down to commercial flights over a month ago as part raft measures introduced by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus which has infected more than 3 million people globally.
While monitoring a fumigation and disinfection exercise carried out by Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) at the Accra Kotoka International Airport in Accra Tuesday, Mr Adda told journalists provisions have been made to ensure that everything is in place before domestic flights begin
“That is to say all the handwashing devices, nose masks and sanitisers, among other things, should be made available. They will be checked by the airport company and the port health authorities to ensure that they are all in place before we start operating,” Mr Adda said.
The exercise, which was simultaneously done at three other airports in Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale, was aimed at ensuring that those airports were safe to use in the wake of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The tarmacs, parking lots, arrival halls, passenger terminals, VVIP terminal at KIA, offices, lounges and shops within the airports were all fumigated and disinfected Tuesday by Ghana’s waste management giant Zoomlion.
Also, the entire environ of KIA including a project site and its clinic were disinfected.
Mr Adda expressed the government’s appreciation to Zoomlion and its partners for their continuous selfless support in the country’s fight against COVID-19.
Briefing the media later at the KIA, Head of the Zoomlion Disinfection Team, Rev. Kwame Addae, said his team will not relent in its efforts to support the government’s battle against COVID-19.
He noted that the exercise was aimed at containing the spread of the virus.
Zoomlion as part of its corporate social responsibility has from the start of the virus disinfected a number of tertiary institutions across the country, state agencies, and churches among others.
This initiative by the waste management giant is aimed at supporting the government’s efforts in containing this global pandemic which has infected 1,671 people and killed 16 of them in Ghana with 188 recoveries.