A few weeks ago, Ghana’s government issued a completely empty threat to British Airways and it seems like it worked …
Why Ghana threatened British Airways
British Airways flies to Accra, Ghana. In the past, the airline has operated its Ghana service from London Heathrow Airport. However, for flights from March 28, 2021, the airline had planned to operate the flight from London Gatwick Airport.
Ghana’s government was not happy about this change. Gatwick is generally considered to be of lower quality than Heathrow, so the government has labeled this change “unfavorable” to Ghanaian passengers.
Ghana’s government decided to threaten British Airways with mutual action. If British Airways wanted to transfer the Ghana flight to Gatwick, Ghana would require British Airways to use a lower-reward airport in Ghana.
There was only one minor problem with the threat: Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra is the country’s only major international airport. So there is no other airport to which the service could practically be relocated.
Did Ghana’s government really want to ban British Airways flights out of pride?
British Airways pulls back and gives way to Ghana
You’d think British Airways had stuck to its stance and realized that the government threat was unfounded. But that didn’t happen – British Airways has decided to continue the Accra route from Heathrow rather than Gatwick.
The service will be operated from Heathrow as of now and will continue to do so later this month when the transition is due to take place.
British Airways will continue to operate its flights to Ghana from Heathrow rather than Gatwick. The airline would change airports for this service as part of a change of strategy, despite Ghana’s government threatening the airline to do so.
The problem is that this was clearly an empty threat as there is no practical way to reciprocally penalize British Airways as the country does not have another major airport.
However, British Airways gave in and will continue to operate this service from Heathrow. I’m excited to see what Ghana’s next complaint about British Airways will be as the government has had problems with the airline in the past.
Are you surprised to see British Airways Ghana’s threat give way?