British Airways affirms commitment to Ghana

British AirwaysMr Kevin Leung, the Commercial Manager of British Airways (BA) Ghana, has said despite the highly competitive airline industry in Ghana, BA remained strongly committed to the country.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sideline during a press briefing in Accra, Mr Leung said besides good client service, serving communities was one key way through which BA showed it commitment to Ghana.

“We just supported a UK NGO, The Change Foundation, on their recent trip to Ghana in aid of Disability Awareness and Capacity Building.

“The team spent nearly two weeks in Ghana in the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions, visiting various partner projects and interacting with various communities to deliver items and training to various stakeholders,” he said.

Mr. Leung said the team successfully engaged with over 140 children and over 50 coaches during the visit.

“Additionally, more than 900 children are expected to benefit from the training and support delivered by the Change Foundation and their local partner NGO, Farm4life,” he said.

Touching on other aid based programmes of BA to help Ghanaian communities; Mr. Leung said Afrikids, an NGO, was supporting young children in Bolgatanga and had set up a health and education resource centre in the community.

“We expect that by 2018, the Ghana arm of this project would be self-sufficient to do the things they do,” he said.

Mr. Leung said British Airways CEO, Keith Williams, visited Ghana and helped deliver vaccines to prevent children from getting the five deadly diseases at the Glefe Community Outreach Centre in Accra.

He mentioned the Abordahi School project in the Volta Region, and the One Net One life Malaria Prevention project across Africa, during which over 10,000 mosquito nets were distributed in Ghana as some of the airline’s contribution towards the well-being of the communities they operate within.

“We also encourage our staff to give back to the community, and there are several examples of this in Ghana, such as when a flight dispatcher set up a school after he visited Ghana and saw children studying mathematics under a tree,” said Mr. Leung.

He added that a Ghanaian BA executive also co-founded Child Survival Centre in Northern Ghana, which provides care for children under three years and has taken care of hundreds of little ones.

Mr. Leung said BA remained strongly committed to its Ghanaian route, and expressed his appreciation to the airline’s passengers for their unyielding loyalty.

Source: GNA

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