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British Airways withdraw its decision after Ghana threatened “reciprocal action”

Ghana has set a very good example for other African countries to emulate in a bid to protect the interest of citizens and also help in dealing with unfavorable unilateral decisions. Threats of “reciprocal action” by the Ghanaian government has forced British Airways to withdraw its earlier decision to transfer London-Accra flight service from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport.
The second largest London based flight service provider announced earlier that, effective March 28th, 2021, London-Accra-London will operate from Gatwick Airport instead of Heathrow. However, a statement from Ghana’s Ministry of Aviation communicates the government’s dissatisfaction with the planned changes. In response, the Government which considered this decision by the British Airways as an unfair treatment towards Ghanaian passengers, threatened to reciprocate the action if it is not withdrawn.

The statement from the ministry as reported by credible Ghanaian media outlets said that, “for the avoidance of doubt, we are unable to accept the change in the London-Accra-London flights originating from Gatwick Airport. We are not convinced about the reasons for the movement of the Accra-bound BA service from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport and thus strongly object to the changes.”

The Ministry added further that, “in this regard, we wish to state unequivocally that the Ghanaian authorities will advise itself and take a reciprocal action on behalf of our passengers in the coming days if our call for British Airways to rescind its decision on the movement to Gatwick Airport is not heeded.”

Political commentators and credible media houses in the West African country stated that, by “reciprocal action” the government will move to prevent British Airways from landing at the country’s best and highly rated Kotoka International Airport located in its capital city, Accra in retaliation. Rather, BA will be made to use other airfields in Ghana.

In a dramatic twist, the UK-based company has so far rescind its decision which was meant to take effect from the 28th of March, 2021 following this strong warning from the Ghanaian government; the updated flight schedules for the summer season shows that, London-Accra-London flights will use the services of Heathrow Airport instead of Gatwick Airport as earlier announced.

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