Virgin Atlantic discontinues Accra - London service

Virgin Atlantic is to discontinue its flights between Accra and London's Heathrow airport from 23 September, after operating the service for over three years.

Virgin said the operation of its five weekly flights had been "severely impacted" by the “exceptionally high” price of fuel in Ghana. The British company said it has been forced to import cheaper fuel by tanker from Britain.

The company also conceded that, due to the “scarcity of slots” at Heathrow, it had been unable to provide flights arriving into London in the morning time which made the route “a less attractive option for the business traveller”.

When Virgin began the service in May 2010 it was in direct competition with rival company British Airways which continues to operate daily services between Accra and London.