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22.08.2004 General News

Ghana Airways turbulence -Timeline

By The Baltimore Sun

October 1994: Begins its first U.S. service, between New York and Ghana's capital, Accra. Leases an American plane to skirt a safety ban on Ghanaian ones.

1995: Facing financial difficulties, the airline appoints a consultant to manage a restructuring

1997: Consultant quits after failing to reduce mounting debt.

June 2000: U.S. eases regulations on airline despite protests from a Florida-based fuel company that claimed it was owed $400,000.

July 2000: State officials welcome airline to BWI. Gov. Parris N. Glendening hails its arrival, calling BWI a "viable international gateway."

July 2000: U.S. issues a travel warning: "Ghana Airways ... are known to alter scheduled stops, cancel or postpone flights on short notice, and regularly overbook flights."

June 2002: One of its planes is seized at Heathrow Airport in London after airline fails to pay a British supplier. Hundreds of passengers stranded.

June 20, 2002: Pilots strike in protest of company's "mismanagement."

Oct. 3, 2003: Hundreds of employees storm airline's corporate headquarters, calling for the dissolution of its board.

March 18, 2004: Ghana Business Chronicle reports that employees in Accra are working without electricity because of unpaid bill.

June 15, 2004: Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele departs for Ghana on a 10-day trade mission to Africa. Delegation meets with airline officials about increasing BWI service.

June 18, 2004: Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announces increase in airline's service at BWI, calling it "great news for passengers."

July 27, 2004: U.S. suspends flights to and from this country for alleged safety violations and operating with an expired license. More than 1,000 passengers stranded.

Aug. 16, 2004: The Ghanaian government replaces airline's entire board.

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