Measures Are In Place To Ensure Safe Air Travel Despite Meteorological Agency’s Strike – GCAA
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has assured the general public that air travel is very safe and secure despite the strike action too embarked on by the Ghana Meteorological Agency. According to the Authority, they have put in place contingency measures to ensure that flight operations are not affected by the strike. Also a
press release, dated Saturday, February 19, they noted that, the Authority has put in place adequate measures to contain the situation for the entire duration of the strike, as well as ensure that flights coming into the country and those flying within Accra Flight Information Region (FIR), receive the required weather information
needed for smooth operation.This comes after the staff of the Agency embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike on Friday. According to the staff, the sit-down action is due to the government’s failure to respond to their resolution presented to the Communication and Digitalisation Ministry on January 5, which enumerated
their poor conditions of service. The acting Director of Forecasting and Synoptic Meteorology, Joseph Tetteh Portuphy highlighted some implications of the strike. Speaking in an interview, he said airlines cannot fly into the country due to the strike. He noted that the airlines currently flying into the country are doing so at their
own risk since he does not know where they are getting their weather updates from. This, he said is because the staff expected to forecast the weather are not providing that particular service. This led to concerns from many Ghanaians, especially travelers. However, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has noted that the aviation
industry in Ghana is robust enough to deal with these issues while the strike continues. GCAA would like to assure the public that Aviation Safety and Security remains a foremost priority, and that it would do all it takes to safeguard the confidence and trust that the public has reposed in the Authority.