Soups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 13 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6339 times:
major international airlines operating at the Kotoka International Airport have cancelled their flights for Saturday, whilst others have delayed flights into Accra due to poor visibility over the Accra Flight Information Region.
Airlines such as the British Airways, South Africa Airways and Bellview Airlines have cancelled their flights outright, while Lufthansa and Kenyan Airlines have delayed flights into Accra.
Officials of these Airlines sad that the weather conditions on the West Coast of Africa was not conducive for smooth flight into Accra and added that, flight operations would resume on Sunday if the weather conditions improve
He said the harmattan had set in a bit late and its intensity was expected to subside by next week.
Giving statistics of the harmattan conditions, Mr Akabu said visibility is less than one Kilometre over the entire sub-region. Visibility over Accra is 400 metres, Lome 600 metres, Cotonou 400 metres and Abidjan 800 metres.
[Edited 2005-01-09 10:36:58]
[Edited 2005-01-09 10:38:03]
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6007 times:
Been in Accra since 04Jan2005.
The Harmattan was quite a site on 08Jan and 09Jan. Dust was sooo thick we could not see the wall of our compound at the residence.
I am amazed that they did get as much to operate as they did. If ACC has Cat IIIb/c it might be different.
On other notes, The Haji flights finally got going. They had stranded pilgrims for over a week. The presidential inaug. event was fantastic. The number of VIP planes was incredible. However, a number of them were stuck in Accra unable to depart on Sat PM or Sun because of Harmattan.
I flew out Monday PM on KQ and it was the first day of normal ops since the problems. I return Sat on ET and hope it is operating.
Also, Virgin and BA had a number of flights diverted 02Jan thru 04Jan due to the haze/dust of Harmattan effect.
SAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 516 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5890 times:
SAA WEST AFRICAN FLIGHTS AFFECTED BY EXTREME WEATHER
JOHANNESBURG. 10 JANUARY 2005. South African Airways' flights to West Africa had to turn back over the weekend due to extreme weather conditions caused by dust storms blowing off the Sahara desert.
Flights to Lagos in Nigeria, Abidjan in the Ivory Coast and Accra, Ghana were affected by sand storms and mist.
On Sunday SA088 on route to Abidjan, Ivory Coast and onwards to Accra, Ghana had to turn back to Windhoek in Namibia. This flight will leave Windhoek at 11h00 to return to Johannesburg today. The passengers will be accommodated on the scheduled Accra/Abidjan flight that departs at 16h30 today.
Friday's flight to Lagos, Nigeria had to turn back and landed in Luanda for fuel before returning to Johannesburg. Sunday's flight could land. The normal scheduled flight, SA060, will depart today at 14h55, with an additional flight, SA3060 leaving at 16h00 to take the stranded passengers from Friday's flight.
SAA wishes to apologise for any inconvenience to passengers.