The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut sod for the commencement of Phase II of the Kumasi Airport Project. The project, estimated to cost €66,035,000, will involve extension of the runway from 1981m to 2300m to accommodate Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, construction of a new terminal, construction of additional aprons and other ancillary works. On completion, the new terminal will have the capacity to handle one million passengers per annum.
In his address, the President said the project will provide the “much-needed impetus to reinforce its position as an important commercial and transformational centre in Ghana and West Africa.”
He further indicated that funding had been secured for the project emphasising that “there should be no excuse for any delays by the contractors.”
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, graced the occasion with his presence. Other dignitaries included the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare; Hon. Minister of Aviation, Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah; Ministers of State, some Members of Parliament, as well as the Head of Trade at the British High Commission, Mr Peter Courtney.
The project is expected to be completed in 24 months.