The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) officially commenced the construction of its flagship project(terminal 3) at Kotoka International Airport(KIA).This follows a sod cutting ceremony performed by the President of the republic of Ghana,H.E John Dramani Mahama in March,2016.
The project is a part of GACL's capital investment programme that entails the construction of a new terminal at KIA and the rehabilitation of other regional airports managed by GACL.
On completion,the new terminal,designed for international traffic will ease the pressure on the existing two terminals and is expected to handle up to five million passengers a year, with an expansion potential up to 6.5 million passengers. Construction of the new terminal will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018.
The airport expansion aligns with the country's ambition to upgrade its vital infrastructure by modernising and transforming the airport into a hub for West Africa and as a regional aviation hub.
The expansion also supports the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda that emphasises the need for rehabilitating and expanding infrastructural facilities in the transport sector.
The new terminal at KIA is designed to meet the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements based on optimum service level.The terminal can be accessed from a new main road to be constructed as part of the project.
Designed for international traffic, the new terminal will comprise five levels spread across a massive 45,000m² area. It will feature six contact stands for Code E aircraft and two additional remote stands.
The new terminal will have capacity to process 1,250 passengers a peak hour, 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 departure level of the terminal will feature 56 check-in- desk,30 passport control counters,of which four will be E-gates and eight security lanes.The arrivals will consist 24 immigration boothsmfor E-gates and four baggage reclaim devices.It will also be installed with the latest European Civil Aviation Conference Hold Baggage Screening (ECAC HBS) to handle 3500 bags per hour.
The new terminal 3 project is a design and build concept undertaken by Turkish Construction Company MNG Holding.
The funds for the terminal 3 project as well as all the other investments were sourced on the back of GACL's balanced sheet.