Malian junta returns Accra bound BA flight to London over airspace closure

British Airways
British Airways

A British Airways flight heading to Ghana’s capital Accra had to return to London on Friday because the military authority in Mali failed to open its airspace.

“Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) wish to inform the general public that British Airways has reported that its Flight BA 081 outbound flight (London-Accra), was unable to land in Accra on Friday, April 8, 2022 due to the Airspace Restrictions in Bamako, Mali,” a statement from airport authorities in Ghana said.

It added: “Consequently, the BA flight had to return to London. British Airways has informed its passengers accordingly. Consequently, British Airways will operate 2 flights on Saturday, April 9, 2022.”

“Managements of GCAA and GACL would like to assure the travelling public that it will provide British Airways with the needed assistance for the smooth facilitation of affected passengers.”

Mali is no longer a member of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS due to military takeover and has been sanctioned including closure of borders with member states.

British Airways also issued a statement corroborating what the Ghanaian authorities said:

Source: Daily Mail GH

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