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Business News of Thursday, 4 March 2010

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Virgin Atlantic to fly from London to Ghana

Virgin Atlantic is scheduled to have its first flight direct from London Heathrow to Ghana on May 24.

On the approval of government, Virgin Atlantic has scheduled a three-services-a-week operation between Heathrow Airport and Accra.

The carrier would be using a 240-seat Airbus A340 aircraft on the route, which would be Virgin's fifth to Africa.

This implies Virgin Atlantic would be competing with British Airways which flies daily from London Heathrow to Accra as well as Ghana International Airlines which flies four-times weekly from London Gatwick.

Virgin Atlantic is among a growing number of airlines who have expressed interest in working in Ghana. The Founder of Virgin Atlantic Group Richard Branson said he is likely to be on their first flight to Ghana which he describes as a beacon of success in Africa.

He noted that “Ghana is a success in West Africa hence becoming more attractive to investors with more people traveling”.

“The next time I come to Ghana, I’m hopeful I will board Virgin Atlantics which want to bring more competition to the Heathrow Airport”, he assured.

The Virgin Atlantic Chief executive Steve Ridgway has been also been quoted “they are delighted to be launching their services to Ghana’s fast-growing and vibrant city with its historic links to Britain, a thriving economy and a growing oil and gas industry”.

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