President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has broken grounds for the commencement of construction works on the second phase of the Kumasi International Airport project.
The President said the expansion of the airport is a critical part of the government’s vision to expand the frontiers of the aviation industry in the country and to realize the dream of making Ghana an aviation hub in the sub-region.
The expansion of the airport, he said, will give Kumasi the much-needed grounds to reinforce its position as an important commercial sector in Ghana and West Africa. The second phase is estimated to cost €66.4 million.
The President noted that funding has already been secured and for which reason there must be no excuses for any delays to generate cost overruns. “Delivering of the project on schedule should be the watch word of the contractors,” he said.
The Minister for Aviation, Ms. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, said efforts will be made to ensure some of the domestic and regional airlines seeking to operate in the country will make the Kumasi Airport their hub.
The Minister expressed her appreciation to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for the offer of a land spanning over 26,000 acres at Ankase for aviation infrastructure development.
She said notwithstanding the stipulated period of 24 months for the completion of the project, the contractors have said they will work to deliver the project in 18 months.
The idea to turn the airport in the second largest city in Ghana into an international airport was birthed in the National Transport Policy of 2007.
In December, 2017, Financial Agreements for the Phase II development of the Kumasi Int. Airport were signed between the Ministry of Finance, acting for and on behalf of government, and Satander S/A which came into effect on April 2018.