Ghana’s Kumasi Airport renovation started
Friday, 20 July 2012 11:00
Ghana has launched renovation works to upgrade facility status of its airport in Kumasi
The construction work will include both short and long-term projects geared towards airport expansion and upgrading it to international standards.
Some of the short-term projects will involve patching and filing of cracks on the main runway, construction of additional waiting room and building a car park. Construction works for some these projects have already reached advanced stages.
The chief director at the ministry of transport, Nii Tackie Yarboi, said that the Public Works Department (PWD) had undertaken the remedial works on the runways.
The long-term works will include expansion of the airport’s runway from its current 1,989 square metres to 2,500 square metres, renovation of the airport’s generator house, improvement of water resource and fire fighting equipment.
Member of Parliament for Mfantseman East, George Kuntu Blankson said the government had earmarked GHA 62 million (US$31.7 million) for the expansion and upgrade of airport facilities in Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi.
“Already, a sum of GHA 10 million (US$5.1 million) had been made available for the short term renovation works,” he added.
“Considering that Ghana has become the hub of Africa’s economic emancipation with the discovery and drilling of oil in large quantities, it is important that other sectors of the economy, such as the aviation industry, also improves.”