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Ghana Airports Company seeks to turn Accra Kotoka International Airport into major hub

Posted 26 November 2018 · Add Comment

Ghana Airports Company (GACL) MD John Dekyem Attafuah said recently that the company plans to recoup loans received for the construction of a new terminal at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, reports ACI.

 

GACL therefore intends to make Ghana the “major hub” serving the West African sub-region, with Attafuah noting it is working hard to attract new airlines, develop new routes and encourage airlines to boost existing capacity.

 

He said:  “We believe in this project and that’s why we embarked on it. We delivered the terminal, we must now maintain it, market it, protect it and build on it to achieve higher heights. We have no doubt we will be able to achieve the objectives we’ve set”.

 

According to the CAPA – Centre for Aviation Airport Construction Database, the new Terminal 3 opened on 15-Sep-2018 at a cost of USD275 million. GACL delivered the airport in close collaboration with the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), with whom it entered into a five-year technical and airport management co-operation agreement in 2014 and which is due to end on 28- Feb-2019. ACSA has a good track record in foreign airport management with experience in India and Brazil.

 

The project was partially funded by the African Development Bank with a USD120-million facility, and is expected not only to improve air transport in the country, but to contribute towards boosting the country’s economy, reducing the cost of doing business, improving competitiveness and “making Ghana a country of choice”.

 

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