ACCRA, Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s biggest carrier, is interested in assisting Ghana set up a national carrier, says its Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gabrielmariam.

Tewolde, who stated this when he called on Ghana’s Minister of Aviation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, at her office here Thursday, outlined the desire of Ethiopian Airlines to re-establish the partnership which it once had with the now defunct Ghana Airways.

He told the Minister that Ethiopian Airlines had sought to get involved in setting up a new airline in Ghana in the past but was overlooked before Togo showed interest, which led to the setting up of African Sky (ASKY), adding that it was set up without any financial cost to the government of Togo.

He said the airline believed that every country on the continent needed a home carrier because aviation was a strategic asset for any country. But we insist that a home carrier must be run professionally, he added.

Tewolde gave as an example ASKY which has worked well in West Africa, after starting in 2010 as a privately owned airline based in Togo and now has eight aircraft and made a profit in 2015. Ghana can also set up ASKY Ghana, he said.

The Minister commended Ethiopian Airlines for thriving very well on the continent and said Ghana could learn a lot from it in the spirit of South-South co-operation. She added that she was awaiting Cabinet approval to start the modalities for the new National Airline.

She said government, as part of its vision, was poised to make Ghana the aviation hub of Africa and also intended to establish an aviation academy to train pilots and cabin crew to man the airline. Ghana will, therefore, tap the rich resource experience of Ethiopian Airlines to establish ours.”