Ghana Soccer Captain ‘Baby Jet’ Gets License to Open Airline

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The captain of Ghana’s national soccer team, Asamoah Gyan, has secured a license to open an airline that will be named after his on-field nickname, Baby Jet.

Gyan “is working feverishly to establish an airline, called Baby Jet Airlines,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said Wednesday, according to a copy of a speech delivered at an aviation industry show in the capital, Accra. “I want to appeal to other Ghanaians, both home and abroad, to invest in the rapidly growing aviation sector.”

Asamoah Gyan

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Passenger arrivals at Accra’s main international airport grew by almost a quarter to 373,429 in September from the same month a year ago, Akufo-Addo said. The construction of a new terminal will be completed in April, he said.

Gyan, 31, is the leading goalscorer for Ghana’s national team with 51 goals and has represented the country at three World Cup tournaments. He is currently playing for Turkish club Kayserispor. Previous sides include Udinese in Italy and English team Sunderland.

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