Ghana Airport Company to record passenger upsurge as regional airports take shape

Construction and rehabilitation works at the various airports in the country are far advanced with handing over of most of them due this year.

According to the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), Mr John Attafuah, Ghana will be hitting its maximum capacity as these facilities are set to place the country on the right pedestal in the aviation market.

The GACL Chief disclosed this to Goldstreet Business after a tour of the new Terminal building at the Kotoka International Airport.

“We think that Ghana is well placed, and with all the developments going on around us, last year alone we saw a 6.5 percent passenger growth in the aviation sector and we expect that this year we will do even better.”

Attafuah expressed optimism that these developments will contribute to positioning the country as the aviation hub for West Africa.

Massive infrastructural projects have been ongoing at the country’s airports to make air travel accessible to all and boost economic activities in the regions.

At the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, apron works have been completed with a new terminal almost completed expected to process 1,250 passengers per hour and 5 million passengers per year.

The GACL chief said the Wa Airport is ready and flights are expected to be launched there soon.

Ho Airport, he said, is almost complete and expected to be handed over by the end of this month.

Attafuah noted that the Tamale Airport will shortly see construction of phase 2 comprising a new terminal building.

The MD said loan repayments have already started for the commercial facility secured to finance the projects at the airport. He added that disbursement for the development finance aspect of the loan would be completed by May after which repayments would begin.

By Godfred Tawiah Gogo