About Richard Kyereh - MBA, PMP
With over 12 years’ experience at various managerial levels of the aviation industry in Ghana and the West Africa Sub-region, he is well placed to coach, mentor and guide young people with the passion for aviation or those who just would like to know if the world of aviation holds any promise for the degrees they acquired in school.
He is currently the Head of Commercial of Africa World Airlines (AWA), having joined AWA in December 2015 as the Deputy Head of Commercial.
He served in various capacities during his 8-year stint with Antrak Air, starting as a Project/Safety Officer in 2007 and exiting as the Head of Commercial in 2015. During that period, he mastered a repertoire of airline business functions particularly in network development and route launches, hub operations, project management, sales & marketing strategies, interline, aero politics and diplomacy in industry affairs.
He is a man of many hats has a firm understanding of the West African travel market; knowledge that is priceless in Africa World Airline’s strategy for regional network expansion. He spearheaded the growth in regional network from a single route in 2016 to five destinations across four countries by February,2020 (Lagos, Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Abidjan) and the expansion of some key domestic routes—Kumasi to Tamale direct, Takoradi, and WA operations.
Leading a team of highly trained and dedicated AWA staff, he exponentially grew Accra–Lagos-Accra dying route from 3x weekly flight to 35x weekly over a period of 18 months. He diversified distribution channels and maximised revenue by championing the implementation of commercial distributions such GDS, and succeeded in seeking out eight (8) airline partners for SPAs and IET agreements and successful membership application to IATA, ICH, MITA.
Richard’s notable contribution to the aviation industry in Ghana is the introduction and establishment of the Passenger Re-Protection Agreements among airline competitors to cut down operational losses during down-time which has come to stay.
He actively shares his expertise and manage an active speaking portfolio as a guest speaker and panelist at aviation conferences on the continent.
Mr. Kyereh holds three IATA Diplomas–Airline Management, Airline Revenue Accounting and Controls, and Airlines Business development. He also holds an MBA in Project Management from GIMPA, and Alumni of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is a certified member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
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