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Ghana has taken the lead in Aviation Safety not just in Africa, but the whole world

Africa World Airlines (AWA), the Ghanaian homebase carrier is the first African country to resume its domestic aviation services after the suspension of all routes by the President of Ghana in March, 2020. 

In terms of worldwide, AWA comes in second with Vietnamese Airlines being the first to resume domestic flights on 16th April, 2020 after government restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

According to Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Sean Mendis, "There are some who sit back in times of crisis and wait for things to get better. There are others who take the initiative and try to make things better for everyone" .

Per a social media sighting on his page, he said that, "I am very proud that our team at Africa World Airlines, working in partnership with our domestic competitor airline PassionAir, as well as Ghana Airports Company Limited, Ghana Health Service, and Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, have taken the lead to develop a set of new passenger safety standards for domestic air travel in Ghana.

Ghana will become the first country in Africa, and only the second in the world after Vietnam, to restart domestic flights after a temporary suspension due to COVID-19.

These new standards, which are constantly evolving, will initially include :

* Thermal screening on entry to the terminal
* Mandatory use of face masks by all passengers, airport staff and crew
* Non-contact ID check procedures at check-in
* Enforced social distancing on board aircraft (nobody will have another passenger other than their child under 12 seated next to them)
* Requirement for passengers to sanitize their hands at the boarding point
* Prohibition of food and drink consumption on board domestic flights (which have a maximum duration of 1 hour)
* Spraying of checked baggage with disinfectant spray at the collection carousel. 

The aircraft will also be subjected to an enhanced cleaning regime after each trip that targets high risk surfaces such as window panes, tray tables and air vents". 

You can read his entire post at:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/welcome-new-normal-air-travel-sean-mendis/

#FlyAWA #FlySafeFlyConfident

To check up on the countries who have suspended or actively running the domestic routes, check below. 

AFRICA

Algeria Suspended

Angola Suspended

Benin No domestic services

Botswana Suspended

Burkina Faso Suspended

Burundi No domestic services

Cameroon Active

Cape Verde Suspended

CAR Unavailable info

Chad Active

Comoros Unavailable info

DRC Unavailable info

Congo-BZV Suspended

Djibouti No domestic services

Egypt Suspended

Eq Guinea Unavailable info

Eritrea Suspended

Eswatini No domestic services

Ethiopia Active

Gabon Suspended

Gambia No domestic services

Ghana Suspended - planned to resume

Guinea No domestic services

Guinea Bissau No domestic services

Ivory Coast Suspended

Kenya Suspended

Lesotho No domestic services

Liberia No domestic services

Libya Unavailable info

Madagascar Suspended

Malawi Suspended

Mali Unavailable info

Mauritania Suspended

Mauritius Suspended

Morocco Suspended

Mozambique Active

Namibia Suspended

Niger Unavailable info

Nigeria Suspended

Rwanda Suspended

Sao Tome No domestic services

Senegal Suspended

Seychelles Suspended

Sierra Leone No domestic services

Somalia Active

South Africa Suspended

South Sudan Suspended

Sudan Unavailable info

Tanzania Active

Togo No domestic services

Tunisia Suspended

Uganda Suspended

Zambia Suspended

Zimbabwe Suspended

MAJOR WORLD MARKETS

China Active

USA Active

Canada Active

UK Active

India Suspended

Australia Active

New Zealand Active

Brazil Active

Saudi Arabia Suspended

Indonesia Active

Philippines Suspended

Mexico Active

Vietnam Suspended and then restarted on 16APR20

Germany Active

South Korea Active

Japan Active

Source: gh-aviation