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13.04.2006 Business & Finance

Ghana International Airlines still flying

By Ghanaian Time

Ghanaian Time, a state-owned daily newspaper says its investigations have established that, since last Friday when the crisis became intense, all the airline's flights took off as scheduled without any hitch.

Although there is an uncertainty as to who the executives of the airline are, that has not affected operations.

"We have not cancelled any flight. All our flights are on as scheduled," Sean Mendis, Special Assistant to the purportedly sacked Chief Executive Officer of GIA, told the Times on phone yesterday.

Official sources at the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority confirmed this, indicating that the consistency in the airline's flight schedules had not been disturbed.

Last Friday, barely 17 months into the operations of the new national airline, its four top executives, comprising the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Brain Presbury, the Vice- President (Operations) Mr. Sammy Crabbe, the Special Assistant to the CEO, Mr. Sean Mendis, and the Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. K. K. Apeadu, were summarily dismissed.

Insider sources alleged that the four officials were sacked by the Chief of Staff and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mr Kwadwo Mpiani, after a heated argument between him and the management of GIA last Thursday.

But the chief of staff has since denied the report, saying the airline's board of directors took the action.

Meanwhile, lawyers of the American partners have sued the Chief of Staff. The case, which was filed yesterday, is to be called on the 18th of this month.

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