President John Dramani Mahama invested heavily in the development and upgrade of the country’s aviation infrastructure.
The following projects were undertaken to expand Ghana’s aviation infrastructure to meet growing demand.
• The arrival hall expansion project in Terminal 2 at the Kotoka International Airport.
• Construction of an ultramodern international terminal with a capacity of 5 million passengers a year, known as Terminal 3 at the Kotoka International Airport.
• In July 2014, work began on the Tamale International Airport project. The first phase of the project, involving re-construction and extension of the runway was completed in 2016. Phase two will see the construction of a modern terminal and a dedicated Hajj terminal for Muslims embarking on
the Holy Pilgrimage to Mecca.
• The first phase of the Kumasi International Airport project involving the modernisation of the runway, installation of critical Aeronautical Ground Lighting (AGL) system and Instrument Landing Systems, among other equipment, has been completed.
• Work also begun on the new Ho Airport
• Ghana Civil Aviation Training Academy (GATA) An ultra-modern 8-storey GATA building at the Kotoka International Airport is nearing completion
The expansion of Kotoka International Airport supports the country’s ambition to upgrade its vital infrastructure by modernising and transforming the Kotoka airport into a gateway for West Africa and as a regional aviation hub. It also contributes to the country’s economy by facilitating market connectivity and reducing business costs.
The departures level of the terminal features 56 check-in desks, 30 passport control counters, including four e-gate positions and eight security lanes. The arrival level has 24 immigration counters, four e-gate positions expandable to eight and four baggage claim areas.
A fully automated baggage handling system designed in accordanaccordance with the latest European Civil Aviation Conference Hold Baggage Screening (ECAC HBS) requirements is also provided to handle 3,500 bags an hour.