The Minister of Aviation, Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda has expressed satisfaction about the standard of the newly constructed Terminal 3 at Kotoka International Airport.
According to him, the infrastructure put the country’s Aviation industry at par with other international standards needed to enhance operations.
This observation was made during a familiarization visit to Ghana Airport Company Limited to interact with management and also inspect current progress of Terminal 3 before the official commission in October this year.
He disclosed that the government is putting measures in place to bring on board strategic investors, to establish a home-base national carrier that would be based in Ghana, but quick to added that no percentage have yet been fixed for any strategic investor who may come on board.
According to him, gone are the days when government own an Airline and officials travel with at the expense of government leading to its collapse.
Hon. Adda said his vision is to put together what has already been put on the table and would ensure that they are executed for Ghana to maintain a leader in the Aviation industry of the sub-regon.
Meanwhile, plans are far advance for President Akufo Addo to commission the Terminal 3 by 2nd October, 2018.
The Terminal 3 is expected to handle up to five million passengers a year, with an expansion potential of up to 6.5 million passengers.
At peak hour, the terminal will have the capacity to process up to about 1,250 passengers. A fully automated baggage handling system will also handle 3,500 bags an hour.
The facility will also hold a large retail and commercial area, three business lounges, six fixed links and seven air bridges expandable to eight, and parking space with capacity to handle more than 700 cars.
The airport expansion supports the government’s ambition to make Ghana a regional aviation hub.
Terminal 3 is a monumental feat of engineering. It has five levels spread across 45,000 square meters , has six contact stands for Code E aircraft and two remote stands.
At the Departure level, it has 56 check-in desks, 30 passport control centres and eight security lanes.
At the Arrival level, it has 24 immigration counters, four e-gate positions [expandable to eight] and four reclaim devices.
The terminal is equipped with a fully automated baggage handling system to handle both destination and transit luggage at 3,5OO bags an hour.
It has been constructed on a design and build basis by Turkish construction company, Mapa Construction MNH Holdings.