The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) recognizes the importance of sustainable management of natural and physical resources for the benefit of present and future generations of Ghanaians.

The basis for environmental performance at Kotoka International Airport as well as the Regional Airports is not only to ensure that the company complies with local, regional and national requirements but the company also strives to exceed these standards and to continually improve its environmental performance.


Kotoka International Airport (KIA), and the three domestic airports at Kumasi, Tamale and Sunyani operate under GACL. Although some of these airports have been rehabilitated or expanded, traffic throughput far exceeds the design capacity of the airports, which stifles potential growth in the sector. GACL is therefore undertaking a Capital Investment Program (CIP) aimed at building new airport infrastructure in order to increase the capacity of the airports. The CIP derives from the Ghana National Airport System Plan (NASP), developed with the aim of supporting Government policy for an integrated and strategic approach to planning and developing air transport infrastructure services in Ghana.

The preparation of this Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) is to assist GACL in meeting the internationally-accepted environmental and social management requirements in conducting all operations at the airports. This ESMS principally:

  • Is in line with the AfDB’s Integrated Safeguard System’s (ISS) operational safeguards, and Ghana’s EIA Procedures and Environmental Assessment Regulations;
  • Defines the Action Plan towards GACL’s ISO 14001 certification;
  • Demonstrates the management commitment, organizational capacity, resources and expertise requirement and availability to implement the ESMS;
  • Will be disclosed to the public on GACL’s website, etc.