The Chief Executive Officer of Aerojet Aviation Limited, Mazisi Parkes says the establishment of a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) might be a significant economic booster for the country.
According to him, the facility, which will be the first of its kind in West Africa when established, will create the much-needed employment opportunities for the youth in the country by providing hundreds of direct and indirect jobs.
“If an airline can cut down its operational costs, it can utilize the saved funds in growing their airline fleet for example, and once that happens it will need to employ more pilots, more flight attendants, more support staff and this means more jobs for our youth here in Ghana.
“An employed person has spending power, this means businesses in the local economy will thrive as a result of that spending. It’s a win for the coconut seller, the dressmaker and the restaurant owner,” he explained.
Ghana’s MRO which is being developed with support from the U.S, Trade and Development Agency in collaboration with Ghanaian company, Aerojet Aviation Ltd and U.S. company, Alton Aviation Consultancy would establish the country as an aviation hub in the West African Region.