You’ll usually count on the dominance of air journey in giant, spread-out international locations with troublesome terrains or obstacles. Ghana, typically, has none of those geographies.
So why the eye to air journey in any respect? In Ghana, whereas some folks have the luxurious of alternative between varied technique of journey, nearly all of Ghanaians can solely afford to journey by highway, primarily.
Nevertheless, security on our roads is worrying, if the statistics are something to go by. In keeping with the Nationwide Street Security Authority (NRSA), within the 12 months 2020, when strict restrictions have been positioned on all travels in Ghana, 1,115 folks, nonetheless misplaced their lives on our roads. Already, 544 Ghanaians, nonetheless counting, have died on our roads in 2023.
Within the view of NRSA, the principle reason behind highway accidents are; poor nature of our roads, carelessness of highway customers, defective automobiles, stress, unskilled drivers, insufficient highway indicators, inefficient MTTU personnel, dashing, lack of schooling, drunkenness, and gross indiscipline.
Trying by way of the record, you’d simply pin down the character and character of the Ghanaian, as the principle offender. Due to this fact, this unlucky scenario defiles fast answer. What then is the way in which ahead? You’d in all probability may need heard that, airplanes are by far the most secure technique of transportation.
This truth is arrived at when the variety of transported passengers are measured towards private accidents and fatality totals in an accident; in accordance with Google web site of the identical matter, monitored on Could 15, 2023 at 9:00 am.
The identical web site mentioned, accidents are uncommon in aviation. There have been simply 5 deadly air accidents out of 32.2 million flights in 2022. Willie Walsh, Director Basic of Worldwide Transportation Affiliation mentioned, flying is among the many most secure actions wherein an individual can interact.
In different phrases, the chances are very low certainly, that you’d die in a airplane crash. Air accidents might quickly be a factor of the previous (My hope).
An fascinating quote from Google mentioned; “Flying, has grow to be so protected that, we now have run out of accidents to cowl, so now, it’s animations of when accidents did not occur”. What about Ghana?
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the mandated establishment to handle civil/business air transportation in Ghana, has the silver bullet to launch an environment friendly inside or home air transport. Regulating Ghana Airport Firm to undertake the duty.
The GCAA confirmed at Google web site of similar heading that, since 2017, there haven’t been any air fatalities in Ghana. In distinction, you’ll recall that 544 folks have already died on our roads this 12 months.
So overwhelmingly, air transportation should be developed to serve all corners of Ghana. However what should be the modalities?
First, some quantity of schooling must be put in place. The lifetime of most individuals appears so removed from aviation, such that, all the protection tales of journey by airplane should be instructed repeatedly.
This phobia for air journey may be discovered everywhere in the world. Training should type one of many preludes to any marketing campaign encouraging folks to take to the air.
The opposite necessary preliminary can be the rehabilitation and development of latest aerodromes or airports. Aerodromes are airports with solely primary services. We instantly take into consideration prices. I count on authorities to steer the personal sector on this endeavour.
A highway journey from, say Accra to Kumasi is about 250 km lengthy. Nevertheless, a runway to obtain a airplane carrying passengers to Kumasi must be only a few kilometres lengthy, certainly the, worldwide airport in Kumasi, is lower than 2km in size.
So, technically, all being equal, the price of establishing one highway, as within the instance, can equally assemble 125 runways. It’s simpler and cheaper to assemble a runway than construct a highway.
Technical assist may be obtained from the numerous well-trained aviation technicians, who retire yearly from the Ghana Air Power and elsewhere.
I wish to consider that, district assemblies can be greater than keen to have aerodromes from their very own sources, if they’re educated on the advantages.
By the identical reasoning, goverment’s expenditures on highway constructions would scale back, if funds are diverted to aerodrome and airport constructions.
Now some evaluation of airports and aerodromes allocations, inside Ghana.
Out of the10 authentic areas in Ghana, three are with out aerodromes/airports; Cape Coast, Koforidua and Bolgatanga.
Cape Coast is lower than 10 minutes flight from Accra and about the identical time from Takoradi Airport. This pushes the central regional capital to the again burner of priorities, however survey of different elements of Central Area would assist unearth appropriate websites for airport/aerodrome.
Koforidua, can also be too near Accra to advantage precedence standing, however different areas within the Jap Area, should be thought-about. Bolgatanga, nevertheless, deserves an airport to serve Higher East and maybe, North East areas. The one issue with Bolgatanga is its proximity to the worldwide boundary of Burkina Faso
Any new airport in Bolgatanga, due to this fact, must be sited such that, there will likely be sufficient room for plane maneuvers which can keep away from worldwide boundary violations. In order that the issues skilled with Paga airstrip is not going to be repeated.
– To be continued