(IN SHORT) British Airways’ first flight from London Gatwick to Accra landed at Kotoka International Airport, where it received a warm West African welcome. The airline will now operate three flights a week between Accra and London Gatwick, with plans to add a fourth weekly service in April. The increased service provides Ghanaian customers with more choices in flight times and airports. The route also increases cargo capacity, benefiting Ghanaian exporters. British Airways aims to double the number of seats between Accra and London, with 55% more capacity in the summer compared to 2019. Additionally, the airline is introducing an Afrobeats playlist curated by DJ sensation Cuppy as part of its inflight entertainment offerings.
(PRESS RELEASE) London, UK, 2023-Nov-1 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways’ first flight from London Gatwick to Accra touched down at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) yesterday at 18.26 local time.
The inaugural service received a warm West African welcome as it taxied to stand, with dancers, drummers and a VIP delegation, including the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson, greeting customers as they stepped off the aircraft. Crew members arrived in their new uniform, designed by British-Ghanaian master tailor, Ozwald Boateng OBE.
British Airways is now operating three times a week from the Ghanaian capital to London Gatwick, giving travellers more choice of flight times and airports. Flights depart Accra at 21.20 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, landing into Gatwick at 04.00. A fourth weekly service will be added to the route timetable from April next year.
Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances said: “With 11 direct flights, across two London gateways, we’re pleased to offer our Ghanaian customers a greater choice of products and prices. Overall, we’re doubling the number of seats between Accra and London, with 55 per cent more capacity next summer versus 2019. We are always looking at routes and regions where there is potential for growth and Accra is one of those routes and Africa is one of those regions.”
Daily flights from London Heathrow to Accra are served by the airline’s A350 fleet, British Airways’ newest and more-fuel efficient aircraft type, featuring the latest generation business class seat, Club Suite.
The new route also adds cargo capacity between the two capitals, increasing opportunities for Ghanaian exporters to get perishables and other goods to market more quickly through IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group, British Airways’ parent company.
To celebrate the increase in the number of flights between Africa and London, the airline is bringing Afrobeats to travellers, with an exclusive playlist available onboard from November 1. Global DJ sensation, Cuppy, has curated her top tracks for the airline’s inflight entertainment system bringing feel-good vibes right to customers’ seats.
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