Ghanaian passengers would from Monday, December 17, be able to travel from Accra to Los Angeles, USA, via Lome, Togo three times a week.
A Statement issued in Accra by the Management of both Airlines, said the new service had been made possible through a partnership between ASKY Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines.
The flights, to be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, would depart Accra at 1050 hours local time and arrive in Los Angeles at 1935 hours LA time.
It said ASKY would fly passengers from Accra to Lome, where they would connect to Los Angeles on Ethiopian Air.
The new service is expected to provide more travelling options to passengers travelling to the United States, and in particular, Los Angeles and neighbouring areas, which are not served with direct flights from Accra.
“Los Angeles, a beautiful Southern California city, is at the heart of the US film and television industry,” the statement said.
It said there was a large Ghanaian community in LA. “According to Eric Brightwell, the city has been home at one time or another to several actors of Ghanaian descent, including Boris Kodjoe, Jaye Davidson, Kwesi Boakye, Nana Gbewonyo, Sam Richardson, Sam Sarpong, Senyo Amoaku, and Sufe Bradshaw and Filmmaker Leila Djansi,” the statement said.
The statement said the influence of Ghanaian music in LA dated back to the early 1960s, when Professor Emeritus Kwabena Nketia was appointed by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to teach music.
Kwasi Badu, a former head of the National Dance Ensemble of Ghana, and Kobla Ladzekpo also taught music at the school in the 1970s.
Mr Worlanyo Afadzinu, ASKY Airlines’ Country Manager, said: “As an airline, we are constantly exploring new ways to connect our passengers to the rest of the world and bring the world closer to our Ghanaian passengers.”
“We believe the partnership with ET will provide more travelling options and improve the travelling experience between Accra and North America”.