Africa World Airlines (AWA) adds to its West Africa routes by launching flights from Accra to Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire.
The airline will operate six weekly flights each way between Accra and Abidjan, linking the major cities of the world’s two largest cocoa producing countries.
Africa World Airlines will operate the Embraer 145 aircraft on flight AW428 from Kotoka International Airport to Felix Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Abidjan. After the inaugural flight on valentines day, management of Africa World Airlines held a short ceremony to signify the official launch to their first francophone African country.
“Abidjan is an important market for business travelers from Accra”, said Togbe Afede XIV, Founder and Co-Chairman of Africa World Airlines. “AWA has developed a reputation for providing safe, reliable, and affordable air transportation. This new route will permit us to introduce our award-winning services to travelers in Cote d’Ivoire as well.”
He recalled in brief the beginning of the airline in Ghana some 8 years ago and its success now. The King of the Agbogbomefia state revealed plans by the Ghanaian Carrier to acquire 4 additional aircraft by end of year bring its fleets to 12 in total. He assured the authorities in Côte d’Ivoire that AWA is in Abidjan to stay.
The Chief Operating Officer of the Airline, Sean Mendis in his address said, Africa World Airline was pleased to launch the first flight between Accra and Abidjan. ‘’This marks the 10th destination for the airline, five domestic and five international destinations. Abidjan is the first foray into the francophone market which is important Ghanaian airline since Ghana is boarded by French speaking countries’’.
‘’AWA is developing Accra as a hub. A hub to connect regional traffic within to and from the region. As a result, connections to and from Abidjan via Accra to Nigeria market, Freetown, Monrovia to our partner airline network such as South African Airways are very important to Africa World Airlines overall strategy and growth vision’’ Mr Mendis concluded.