Kumasi Airport Is Almost Ready To Begin Operations

Ongoing work at the Kumasi Airport, Ghana

The Kumasi International Airport could begin operating international departures from August 2022. The work in progress is surprisingly going on faster than expected.

As indicated by the project workers (Contracta Construction UK Ltd), the project would have officially been finished in October 2022.

Notwithstanding, after a recent examination by REGSEC on Tuesday April 5, the Project Manager, Alan Frazeto, revealed that by September 2022, the Ashanti capital will have an air terminal that satisfies international aviation standards and could be ready to begin operating international flights.

This follows the consistent advancement of work done on the extension project which began in 2018.

Up to this point, the development of the terminal, as well as the installation of escalators, the baggage carousel, check-in points and passenger boarding bridges have been completed.

For now, about three of the project is estimated to be about 82 per cent complete, but the terminal is about 98 per cent complete.

Work is advancing consistently on the new control tower and the utility block that would house the reserve generator, fire tenders and other crisis offices.

As at now, there had been no significant hitch, a circumstance that had empowered work to advance ahead of the planned season of consummation, and excepting any unanticipated test. The rest of the work which is currently progressing is expected to be completed and tested before September 2022.

This implies by August, the Kumasi airport can open up to international travelers. Practically every one of the essential facilities expected for international flights are presently accessible at the air terminal.

After fruition, the air terminal will have the best scanner, which could in fact allow departures from here to fly directly to the US, something which has been the most challenging qualification measures regarding avionics.

Meanwhile, the expansion work at the Kumasi International Airport is a €124.9-million project being worked on by Contracta Construction UK Ltd.

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The extent of work includes the extension of the existing runway pavement from 1,981 metres to 2,320 metres, the construction of a new taxi link and apron, two new apron parking stands and an aeronautical ground lighting system.

Others include the design and building of a terminal with the capacity to handle 800,000 passengers per annum, an 11MW substation, as well as the provision of new bulk utility services, independent of the existing utility services for the airport.

Phase three of the project involves the construction of the air traffic control building and a fire station, as well as the expansion of the existing runway pavement.

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