Africa World Airlines (also known as AWA airlines) is a private Ghanaian airline. As the largest carrier operating in Ghana, the airline provides both domestic and international flights.
The airline was incorporated as a joint venture in 2010 between Hainan Airlines and other Chinese and Ghanaian shareholders. The airline received its Air Carrier License (ACL) from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in 2011 and commenced its first commercial flight in 2012. AWA's hub is located at Kotoka International Airport, near Accra, the capital of Ghana.
The airline flies to a number of domestic destinations in Ghana. A popular route is Accra to Kumasi. Other domestic destinations include Takoradi and Tamale, as well as a number of international destinations in countries including Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
2022 promises to be a key year for Africa World Airlines, as the travel industry recovers following the Coronavirus pandemic and the airline continues to expand its flight network.
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Africa World Airlines has a different policy for carry on and checked baggage.
Africa World Airlines allows one piece of cabin baggage and one personal item per passenger. All cabin bags must be able to fit in the overhead bin and weigh no more than 5kg / 11lbs. Passengers are advised to bring soft-sided baggage.
Economy passengers are entitled to one piece of checked baggage. Premium and Value passengers are permitted two bags, with a total weight of no more than 23kg / 50lbs.
Excess baggage fees: On Domestic routes, the cost for excess baggage (to be paid at the airport) is GH S5.00 Cedis per kilogram and $3.00 USD per kilogram on International flights.
The aircraft consists of a single cabin and two class fares: Economy and Premium Economy. The aircraft offers seating for up to 50 passengers. Passengers will be served by two Cabin Attendants.
Please note: Seats cannot currently be pre-booked. Seat assignment will be conducted at the airport.
Economy seats are comfortable and designed for maximising comfort while reducing cost. Seat assignment will be conducted at the airport.
On the Embraer 145 aircraft, the port side seats, which are single-row seats, will be allocated to Premium passengers.
Premium passengers who travel together will be assigned the first 2 rows of twin seats, and so forth.
An in-flight magazine is available. Passengers are encouraged to download entertainment onto their digital devices before boarding the plane.
On-board WiFi is not currently available.
There are no meals served on any of the airline's flights. However, complimentary hot beverages are provided on some routes. Snacks are served on all routes, which include fresh fruit juice and croissants, biscuits and a choice of meat/fish pies. Please note that there are no special meal/snack options. Passengers with food intolerances or dietary needs are encouraged to bring their own snacks on board.
Africa World Airlines doesn't offer online check in so passengers must check in at the airport.
Africa world airlines are yet to offer online check-in on their flights. The airline is hoping to provide this service soon, but at the moment passengers need to continue to check in at the airport.
Africa World Airlines recommends passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours and no later than 40 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Passengers should present a valid, government-issued ID - passports will be required for travel on all international flights.
The airline does not operate a frequent flyer program.
The airline is not part of an airline alliance program.
Africa World Airlines offers a range of different special services for its passengers. Read more about the special services that you can request on your Africa World Airlines flight below.
Wheelchair assistance is available. Africa World Airlines provides wheelchairs to passengers who may need such assistance. This service will need to be requested when making your reservation - simply add your request when asked, and we will pass this information on to the airline.
There is no charge for the transportation of wheelchairs and other assistance devices.
Please note that AWA is not equipped to transport medical oxygen, or other hazardous materials and/or contained gas, either in the cabin or as cargo or in the hold.
An infant(above 14 days and below the age of 2 years) can sit on the lap of an accompanying adult, with the aid of an extended seat belt. Passengers may choose to purchase a seat for an infant as long as a proper child restraint device is used.
Unaccompanied minors are permitted, above the age of 6. AWA staff will assist the UM with checking-in, transfers and boarding. Please be aware of the airline’s UM rules and policies before making your booking.
Africa World Airlines flies to the following domestic destinations: Accra (Kotoka International Airport), Kumasi (Kumasi Airport), Takoradi (Takoradi Airport), and Tamale (Tamale Airport). To find out more about flying within Ghana, including other airline options, take a look at our full guide to booking domestic flights within Ghana.
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Africa World Airlines is based at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) which is the main airport that serves Accra, the capital of Ghana. Kotoka airport is the hub airport for Africa World Airlines, PassionAir Antrak Air, Arik Air and Starbow Airlines. Other airlines which fly to and from this airport include Air Burkina, Arik Air, Dana Air, Delta Air Lines, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Unity Air, Goldstar Airlines and Kenya Airways.
Accra (ACC) to Kumasi (KMS) is one of Africa World Airline's most popular routes. Simply type 'Accra' and 'Kumasi' into the search bar at the top of the page to start searching for the perfect flights for you.
There are up to 10 scheduled flights per day between Kumasi and Accra, from Monday to Friday and on the weekends. The flight takes about 40 minutes.
Top Tip: You can discover all of AWA's routes in the destinations information below.
AWA has spent time developing and expanding its partnerships, with the aim of expanding its international network, and currently has partnerships with the four airlines:
AMA currently has an interline partnership with Emirates, to provide a domestic and regional feed to their flights at Kotoka International Airport.
South Africa Airways
Since October 2019, the AMA has had a codeshare agreement with South Africa Airways, which will apply to flights between Accra – Kumasi, Accra – Lagos and Accra – Abuja. South African Airways will market the services of Africa World Airlines as the operating carrier.
Since October 2019, AWA also has had a codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines, which will aim to connect passengers through their joint networks.
AWA also has a partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, aimed at providing passengers with a seamless travel experience within the West African region.
Africa World Airlines operates a fleet of Embraer ERJ-145LR aircraft. The airline used to be the largest operator of the Embraer 145 type in the Middle East and Africa region however, due to operational constraints, AWA now has only 4 airworthy aircraft as of September 2022.
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23rd September 2022
AWA celebrated its 10th anniversary this month and has announced its plans to expand its route network to the rest of Africa. While the airline currently operates flights from Nigeria to Ghana and vice versa, there have been rumours that AWA is in the process of securing an Embraer aircraft with a larger passenger capacity to meet the growing demand for domestic travel within Africa.