The policy, initially scheduled to take off on the 1st of August 2016, has since been suspended for further deliberation.
Per the new directive, passenger and cargo fares are expected to go up by 10 and 20 dollars respectively.
The Director General of the GCAA, Simon Allotey also intimated that negotiations with the airlines will begin next week; adding that he is highly hopeful implementation will be affected by the end of the year.
“We are going to meet the airlines sometime next week to discuss the modalities and the implementation schedule. The final decision will be dependent on the understanding we come to with the airlines,”
“The decision to implement the policy is supposed to be a collaborative one and we would know once we meet the airlines. But the implementation will most likely commence before the end of year but we need to agree on the effective date of implementation with the airlines,” Mr. Allotey explained.
The announcement also comes on the back of the passage of the amended GCAA Act 2016, Act 906 which strengthens the role of the Authority in maintaining safety and meeting international best practices.
The charges which will be limited to international flights is also to enable the GCAA meet its revenue targets as it has been weaned off government funding.