September 20, 2020
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Minister inspects Kumasi airport redevelopment project

The Minister of Aviation, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, has expressed satisfaction at the progress of work on the redevelopment of the Kumasi Airport into an international aerodrome.

Currently, the total work done on the project which started in May, 2018 is about 55 per cent complete.

The project is expected to be completed by April 2021 and will be ready to receive international flights and accommodate the predicted increase in passenger turnout in the near future.

Working tour

The new terminal block

Mr Adda, who paid a working visit to the site to inspect the progress of work, said he was impressed with the level of work done so far and was hopeful that the contractors would be able to deliver on schedule.

The Phase three of the redevelopment of the project is being undertaken by Contracta UK Limited and involves the expansion of the apron and runway, building of two new fire stations and control towers, and two new boarding bridges.

Impact

He said when completed, the airport would improve the country’s operational capacity in the aviation industry and also increase passenger traffic, as the airport will be in a position to accommodate more aircraft.

The minister said it would also create job opportunities for the people in the region as there would be the need for more people to work at the facility.

“Kumasi being a place for business, this is going to make it possible for moving in and out to wherever we need to go.

“Generally all aspects of aviation operations will be enhanced, business at the airport will also be expanded and the economy of Kumasi will be improved,” he said.
Annually, he said it was expected that the passenger traffic at the airport would go up to one million.

So far, the structure of the terminal building has been completed and works on the apron are also ongoing and expected to be completed within the next three months.

“All in all it is very impressive and I think they are doing a good job,” he said.

Source: General News

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