(Thanks to View from the Wing…)
An odd one on an otherwise slow news day:
Lufthansa has pulled out of its daily flights from Frankfurt to Accra, Ghana, after 40 years because they feel they’re being forced to pay a bribe to Ghana’s fledgling national airlines. Ghana’s government had required Lufthansa to pay a "tax" that would be used to help finance the new national carrier, Ghana Airways. Lufthansa refused to pay what basically amounts to a bribe, and so they have cancelled all service to the country. Now, Ghana’s president is outraged, blaming the airline for stranding Ghana’s citizens in Germany. If they didn’t pay the fee, Ghana’s government would only allow twice weekly flights. Lufthansa refused. Bravo to Lufthansa for not putting up with this crap.