Passengers of British Airways are mounting pressure on the airline to reduce its fares by signing an online petition.
As of 13:17 local time on Monday, May 8, 2023, the petition, which was published on charge.com, had 1,035 signatures.
The petition was started by one Esther Lulu who said Ghanaians are being charged excessive fees during peak times to fly to Ghana via the UK.
“This is an unfair economic tax on the Ghanaians, please sign the petition to highlight awareness and support us to get British Airways to lower the fares to Ghana,” Lulu said.
The passengers complain that per their estimation a 6.5 hours economy flight, Ghanaians are being charged the same average prices as flying 24-26 hours to Sydney, Australia.
“This must stop, Ghanaians should not be penalised with excessive taxes, fares and fuel costs to visit families back home,” a frequent British Airways flyer said.
According to the passengers, an average return flight to Ghana starting from June and ending in September for a family of four persons – two adults and two children – can cost approximately £6000- £8000 without accommodation.
This is the exact same average fare to fly to Australia which takes over 24 hours in flight.
Checks on prices of flights of various airlines revealed that British Airways fares from Ghana to London is lower than prices of other fares from the UK to Accra. On a one-way trip from Heathrow to Kotoka International Airport, British Airways cost approximately £650 whereas the same trip costs approximately £550 on KLM, Asaase Business reports.