Commercial flights to the Upper West Regional capital, Wa, started last Tuesday when Africa World Airlines (AWA) operated the maiden flight to the Wa Airport.
Commercial flights to Wa are expected to enhance connectivity between the southern sector and the Upper West and East regions, and between Ghana and other West African countries to enhance business transactions.
Wa is a very fast-growing town with large tracts of land which are open for economic development. It takes about 10 to 12 hours by road from Accra, the national capital, to Wa.
From Kumasi or Tamale, it takes about five to seven hours. Since most businesses are centred in Accra, Kumasi or Tamale, one spends a lot of time travelling to those places.
However, it takes just about 45 minutes to fly from Accra to Wa.
The euphoria was high in Wa as the AWA flight touched down at exactly 12.25 p.m. to mark the commencement of the three-times-a-week schedule to be operated on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings from Accra, with a stop in Tamale.
The domestic and regional carrier began with a promotional fare of GH¢99 each way between Tamale and Wa and GH¢299 each way between Accra and Wa.
Residents, including chiefs, civil and public servants and representatives of the major political parties gathered at the Wa Airport to welcome the historic flight to the Upper West Regional capital.
Some students of the St Francis Xavier Senior High School were conveyed to the airport to also welcome the commercial flight, which was piloted by a former student of the school and native of the Upper West Region, Captain Victor Pul.