Ghana: Domestic airlines advised to suspend flights as harmattan intensifies

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - With harmattan conditions reducing visibility to only a few hundred metres in Ghana, the Ghana Meteorological Services Agency is asking domestic airline operators to once again suspend flights to the country's regional airports which are not equipped with instrument landing systems.

With more dust being blown by northeast winds from across the Sahara Desert cover the country, poor visibility is making it difficult for planes to take off or land at the various airports in the country, except the Kotoka International Airport on Accra.

This will be the second time in less than a month that the weather would force the grounding of planes operating the domestic routes.

Assistant Meteorologist of the Ghana Meteorological Services Agency, Sarbeng Emmanuel, was quoted by state-owned Radio Ghana as saying in parts of northern Ghana visibility is only about 100 metres. Visibility in central Ghana is up to 400 metres while it is about 800 metres along the coast.

He also advised motorists be cautious especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays when many people take to the road.
-0- PANA MA 28Dec2015

28 december 2015 07:02:25

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