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Annan-Myers looks to bright future for GIA 10/24/2009

The Chief Executive of national carrier Ghana International Airlines (GIA) says the airline would adopt some innovative strategies to ensure it keeps flying after December this year.

Gifty Annan-Myers was reacting to a government decision to stop support to the airline after the end of this year.

In an interview with Joy News, Mrs Annan-Myers said the airline will use the opportunity to prove it can sustain itself.

“Passengers have reacted by making contact with the airline, wanting to know if their bookings are safe or whether the airline was folding up immediately. We are reassuring them that this, in fact, is a lifeline that has been thrown to the airline to restructure itself within the given period so they’ll be able to become self sustaining,” Mrs Annan Myers told Joy News’ senior broadcast journalist Israel Laryea.

The GIA boss said although the company faced enormous challenges in March this year, it managed to deliver satisfactory services to its customers.

She said earlier proposals management had sent to the previous administration would have to be “re-engineered,” especially as subvention to the company is being completely withdrawn.

Mrs Annan-Myers also stressed the problems of GIA started from the very inception of the company.

“If it had been set up properly, it wouldn’t have gone to government for handouts,” she said, adding “the company was woefully under-capitalised right from start.”

The American partners of GIA are battling government in court for an alleged breach of contract, accusing the Ghana government of lack of commitment to initial overtures to settle the differences out of court.

Mrs Annan-Myers said the litigation has also added to the troubles of the company, and expressed strong hopes that GIA would thrive despite the challenges.

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