The Ghana Health Service is urging airlines to charge an additional US$7 per passenger on each international airline ticket sold and submit the money to the government agency as a luggage fumigation fee.
Aviation Ghana sources revealed that the decision of the GHS was conveyed by the Ghana Airports Company Limited to airlines servicing Accra’s Kotoka International Airport at a meeting held on Thursday, June 22, 2023, in Accra.
Airlines, who are still recovering from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, opposed the decision of the GHS and further pointed to the lack of local law for the planned charge.
If implemented, the imposition of the US$7 fumigation fee will lead to further increases in airfares, which already remain elevated due to high aviation fuel costs, a weak local currency, and a general economic squeeze since last year.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic cost the industry some US$180 billion over a three-year period. However, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that the rebound will lead to a US$2.25 revenue per passenger this year. This is a significant improvement from the -1.1 dollars per passenger loss recorded last year.
In Ghana, most international airlines began re-opening routes they suspended last year and are yet to reach the performance heights recorded in 2019.