Tamale Airport serves the city of Tamale, supporting both public and military operations and handling about 200,000 passengers a year. The airport had undergone a redevelopment project to upgrade its status to an international airport.
Phase one of the upgrade was inaugurated in August 2016 at a cost of $130m. The airport is now capable of accommodating wide-body aircraft. The first commercial flight carrying Hajj pilgrims took off to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, from the upgraded airport following its inauguration.