Mar 02


Virgin Atlantic launches service to Ghana on 24 May

Sir Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic, is to start flights from London to Ghana, it was announced on Tuesday 2 March 2010..

Subject to Government approval, Virgin will begin a three-services-a-week operation between Heathrow Airport and the Ghanaian capital of Accra on May 24, 2010.

The carrier will be using a 240-seat Airbus A340 aircraft on the route, which will be Virgin’s fifth to Africa.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway said: “We are delighted that we are able to launch services to this fast-growing and vibrant capital city with its historic links to Britain, thriving economy and growing oil and gas industry.”

I welcome the Virgin service because it ought, in theory, to bring competition to a route on which passengers feel they have been overcharged for a long time.It takes at least about two hours more to fly from London to New York, but on any day, you can fly to New York and back at half the price it rakes to fly to Accra and back. And it is not even as if there weren’t passengers on the Accra-London route. Anyone who uses it regularly will testify that it is usually filled to the brim with passengers fighting to obtain seats.

Virgin flights are normally very courteous and enjoyable — I know because I flew with Virgin once to Lagos repeat Lagos. And enjoyed it — which is a minor miracle/

I wish Virgin the best of luck in its Ghana operations. It should come to stay.

Or as we say in Ghana: “Virgin, Akwaaba Woaba a tena ase!” (Virgin, welcome.May you come and stay!.)


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