Commercial flights are to kickstart at the Wa Regional Airport on October 15, 2019, following completion of the airport in 2018.
This follows the rehabilitation of the airport and associated works that seek to open up the country for effective movement of people, goods and services as well as tourism.
In a statement from the Ministry of Aviation, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, Aviation Minister, said the first commercial flight which will be by the Africa World Airlines (AWA).
This is expected to further promote economic and commercial activities between the Upper West Region and the various regional capitals in the country, He stated.
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in 2017, commenced the installation of temporary Navigational equipment at the airport to aid landing and takeoff of aircraft.
“The commencement of commercial flight operations to the Wa Regional Airport is due to the successful testing and confirmation of the Pavement Condition Number (PCN) of the runway and other facilities that meet international standards of safety,” the statement said.
The statement added that, this feat has been achieved in collaboration with the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Local Airlines operating in the country.
It forms part of Government’s efforts to encourage and support local airlines and entrepreneurs to set up strong private airlines that can fully utilize all the nations’ route rights in line with Government’s vision to make Ghana an Aviation Hub within the Sub-Region.
Likewise, the Ho Airport project, which is fully completed and has been handed-over to government in the second quarter of 2018, awaits operationalization
The US$25 million project has a 1,900-metre runway, traffic control tower, 1,150 capacity passenger waiting area, an ultramodern air bus terminal and an automatic fire detection system. This was funded by the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL).