PRESIDENT of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has unveiled plans to open up the nation further by constructing additional airports in the country and has hinted at several developmental strategies the country is tinkering to grow its GDP through Aviation.

He made this known this morning (October 15, 2019) while declaring the 28th Airports Council International Africa (ACI-Africa) open stating that the new airports will serve as feeder to the Kotoko International Airport, Accra.

President Akufo-Addo who opened the conference with theme: Smart Airports of the Future, Are we Ready? Stated that it was the responsibility of African countries to incorporate cutting edge technology, in a bid to provide safer and better managed airports.

President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo flanked by the Minister of Aviation, Ghana, Joseph Koffi Ada and in no particular order ACI (Airports Council International) President, Mr Mohammed Zouhair El Aoufir from Morocco, Director General ACI, Ms Angela Gittens and (l) Mr Ali Tounsi, Secretary General as well as other delegates from Ghana

Reeling out what his administration has and intends to do, the Ghanaian President stated that new aprons at the Kotoka International Airport was already in construction, with plans to construct a Maintenance Repair and Overall (MRO) facility at the Tamali International Airport, cargo facility as well as develop of Aviation Training Organization(ATO) for pilot training among others.

He said, “In other to maximize the full potential and benefits of the aviation industry, we reorganized the aviation industry to organize the Ghanaian aviation industry to make it competitive in Africa and a goal of making Ghana an aviation hub in the region. Once we’ve completed all the aviation projects in all parts of the country, reassure you that this vision will soon be realized.

“We’ve started the construction of new aprons in the northern end of the Kotoka International Airport, Construction of new passenger terminal building at Kumasi International Airport as alternatives to the Kotoka International Airport. Ghana Aviation Industry has seen considerable growth in recent years made possible by a continuous stable socio-political economic climate.

“We’ve abolished the 17.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) in domestic air fare which has led to the doubling of domestic air passengers. International pasengers’ numbers grew by 6.7% as of September 2019 compared to September 2018. Air freight movement is also increased by 5.9%. Currently 38 airlines operate in Ghana and they connect directly to 30 different destinations all over the world.

“This is not surprised the 1.3 million tourists who visited Ghana in 2017 and contributed US$2.7 billion to our GDP. This declined in 2018 with a contribution of US$2.5billion to our GDP.

“Ministry of Aviation has also initiated plans for a dedicated program dubbed Aviation driven development, set to use aviation as a driver of socio-economic development, it will see the construction of a Maintenance Repair and Overall (MRO) facility at the Tamali International Airport, Construction of cargo facility, development of Aviation Training Organization for pilot training and construction of state of the art control tower at Kotoka International Airport”

“Our Airports will continue to undergo systematic facelifts through infrastructural rehabilitation. We also intend to open up the country by constructing additional airports to serve as feeders to the Kotoka International Airport.”


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