Reopening of Sunyani Airport will boost economic growth and health care – Bono Regional Minister

Bono Regional Minister Justina Owusu Banahene said the reopening of transportation service at Sunyani Airport will open the region up to many opportunities.

Sunyani Airport was commissioned on August 3, 2022 by President Nana Akufo-Addo after the completion of the first phase of rehabilitation after six years of closure.

Passion Air has announced the start of air transport services between Sunyani and Accra from September 9, 2022 and plans to fly four times a week.

This will reduce road travel time from around eight hours to around one hour.

Speaking at a one-day stakeholder forum in Sunyani, organized by Passion Air, in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Council, Regional Minister de Bono said, “The reopening of air transport will not only facilitate the travel time but will also stimulate economic growth. potential of the region through increased trade and investment”.

Reopening of Sunyani Airport will boost economic growth and health care - Bono Regional Minister
Justina Owusu Banahene, Bono Regional Minister

She implored trade and aviation industry players to seize the opportunity and promote the development of the region in the region’s ecotourism and cultural potential.

Justina Owusu Banahene also appreciated the impact that the reopening of air transport services would have on people’s health services in and around the region.

“Even though we have our regional hospital here, there are more health specialists in Accra at Korle Bu Teaching, Police, 37 military and other hospitals. Patients who need specialist attention can be flown to these facilities in time, or specialists can be flown to Sunyani to provide special medical attention. Doctors who wish to do their practical work in Sunyani can also come. All sorts of business, academic work, and more are now achievable on time.”

Reopening of Sunyani Airport will boost economic growth and health care - Bono Regional Minister
Some speakers at the Passion Air Bono RCC forum

However, she called on the population to attend it to ensure its sustainability.

The forum offered stakeholders, including traditional leaders, the opportunity to get answers to questions on the reopening of air transport services and related matters to achieve a successful operation of the Ghana Airport Company Limited and Passion Air.

Passion Air Sales and Marketing Director Samuel Tachie said they are ready to offer good customer services in Bono and surrounding areas, good punctuality and deliveries, and could increase the frequency of flights. beyond 4 depending on demand on the road.

Reopening of Sunyani Airport will boost economic growth and health care - Bono Regional Minister
Samuel Tachie, Director of Sales and Marketing, Passion Air

“Our ground operations are ready. We are here to do market activation activities – hence the forum, our operational teams are ready in Accra, and we will operate the maiden flight on September 9, 2022, after that, we will start commercial operations,” he said. -he declares.

He also noted that the response after their preparatory work in Sunyani is good and believes that as the breadbasket of Ghana, the region would be open for business, attract investors and allow people to travel between Sunyani and Accra in the sooner once they begin operations. .

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