Ghana International Airlines

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Ghana International Airlines
Ghana International Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operations13 May 2010
HubsKotoka International Airport
Fleet size1
HeadquartersAccra, Ghana
Key peopleGifty E. Annan-Myers, Ag. CEO; Albert Botchway, Chairman

Ghana International Airlines (GIA) was the national airline of the Republic of Ghana. The airline suspended operations on 13 May 2010.[1]

GIA operated scheduled and charter passenger and cargo services. Its main base was Kotoka International Airport, Accra.[2]


The airline was set up in 2004 [3] as a partnership between the government of Ghana and a group of private international investors. A team of executives led by Ralph Atkin, founder of SkyWest Airlines in the United States, was installed, which also included Brian Presbury, the former CEO of Kenya Airways.

Ghana International Airlines commenced operations on 29 October 2005[4] with daily flights between Accra and London Gatwick Airport using a Boeing 757 wet leased from Ryan International Airlines. The airline commenced seasonal service to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2006. Flights to Düsseldorf, Germany, began in 2008.

It is owned by the Ghanaian government (70%) and US consortium (GIA-USA) (30%), but the shareholders have been engaged in a protracted legal dispute since 2006.[5] The airline had 168 employees (at March 2008).

Boeing 757 at Düsseldorf Airport.


Ghana International served the following destinations :

 South Africa
 United Kingdom

Partnership Agreements[edit]

Ghana International Airlines had interline partnerships with numerous international airlines including: Air Baltic, Air Namibia, Continental Airlines, flyBE, Kenya Airways, Air Nigeria and South African Airways.


At the time that the airline suspended operations the fleet included (as of 13 May 2010)
Aircraft Total Passengers
Routes Notes
Boeing 757-200 1 169 (16/153) all Leased from Astraeus

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)." Joy FM - Government to take firm decision on GIA
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 86.
  3. ^ "Ghana International Airlines Gearing Up Operations".
  4. ^ "Airlines- Ghana". Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  5. ^ "[1]." Modern Ghana - Shareholder Dispute
  6. ^,%20G-STRZ%2012-09.pdf