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01.06.2007 General News

Antrak Air heads for showdown

By myjoyonline

The Chairman of Antrak Air, Alhaji Asuma Bandah is heading for a showdown with the Benin Civil Aviation Authorities for denying his maiden flight to land in Benin.

An inaugural flight by Antrak Air to Benin capital Cotounu was denied access to land on Friday morning.

Alhaji Bandah said he would take the matter up at the ECOWAS Commission through Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“My first point of call is the foreign ministry to launch my protest...After that I am moving to the ECOWAS Commission and the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Transport to lay my protest,” he disclosed.

Alhaji Bandah said the control towers of Benin prompted them whiles in the air that the Transport Minister of Benin had ordered against granting the flight access.

He said the incident contravenes the tenets of integration and the Yamoussoukro Accord.

“Antrak Air is 100 per cent Ghanaian owned and according to the Yamoussoukro Accord we should not even be in any difficulties landing in another ECOWAS country…I find it difficult to believe this integration will be. It is a Ghanaian registered airline and not a foreign one,” he stated.