Air Senegal Kickstart its First Direct flights to Accra MWorld FEATURES, NEWS Air Senegal unveils it resuming its new operations to Ghana by introducing direct flights between Accra and Dakar. The maiden flight touched down at 5:30 am and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute. Speaking at the arrival ceremony, Minister for Aviation Kofi Adda said the move will improve connectivity on the continent. The Minister noted that the move is in line with the President Akufo-Addo’s call for improved connectivity on the continent. He said “It’s important for Ghana and it’s important for West Africa as the connectivity on the continent will improve with the direct flights being offered by Air Senegal. So now, when you want to go to Senegal you don’t have to go to Bamako, Niger nor Europe before coming back to Senegal. You can go straight to Dakar.” In further speech, Mr Adda gave assurances that Ghana is equally looking to become a strong player on the continent with the operationalization of its home-based carrier which is currently before parliament. Air Senegal replaces two of its predecessors Air Senegal International which ceased operations in 2009 and Senegal airlines which went bankrupt in 2016 The new airline is expected to fly to Ghana four times in a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; According to the Commercial Manager for the Airline, Assane SAMBE, Air Senegal offering direct flights will drive competition to lower airfares. “Currently we are the only Airline offering Direct flights between Ghana and Senegal which is a real need for this continent. Also when we check competition, prices were so high and sometimes going to Europe was less expensive than flying on the continent which is ridiculous and we are trying to change that,” he said. Air Senegal for a start is commencing with four flights a week and hopes to expand to daily flights as passenger loads increase.