Emirates has celebrated a milestone in its operation to Ghana, marking 15 years of service to Accra. The first Emirates flight flew into Kotoka International Airport in January 2004, and the airline has since carried close to 1.6 million passengers between Accra and Dubai and its network.
The airline started operations in Ghana with three flights a week, increasing to six flights a week in March 2005.
“Africa is one of Emirates’ key growth regions in its global network and Ghana is an important market for Emirates. In 2018, Emirates carried over 180,000 passengers between Accra and Dubai, and we are committed to facilitating trade, tourism and cargo exports in the years to come”, says Cathy Wesley, Emirates Country Manager.
Top Emirates destinations that Ghanaians travel to include UAE, China, USA, Singapore, India and London.
Emirates SkyCargo also remains a key enabler in facilitating global trade in Ghana by carrying a total of over 73,000 tonnes of cargo to and from Ghana. Emirates SkyCargo has also facilitated the export of over 41,000 tonnes of cargo majority of them being fruits and precious metals.
On the Accra – Dubai route, Emirates operates the B777-300ER aircraft. The aircraft’s advanced wing design, efficient engine and light structure makes more efficient use of fuel. This means significantly less emissions than similar aircraft, making it one of the most ‘green’ long range commercial aircraft types.
Sylvia Baah, Emirates Airport Service Manager who has worked with Emirates since 2004 cites the one-off A380 service to Accra in 2018 as one of the memorable moments in her career at Emirates. She adds that, “the past 15 years have been fulfilling, rewarding and exciting. I feel very proud to be a part of this amazing journey with Emirates, and to know that we are part of a larger team that bring the vision of a ‘better’ travel experience, to life, for Ghanaians.”