The Minister for Aviation, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, has underscored the crucial importance of modernized aviation infrastructure to the sector’s ability to attract more global industry players to the country.
The Minister, who toured three major projects being carried out to support government’s vision of making Ghana an aviation hub within West Africa, and a destination of choice for travelers expresses satisfaction over the progress of the aviation projects.
The projects, all located within the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) enclave, include the Air Navigation Services (ANS) Centre, an office complex for the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and expansion works on an apron at the northern side of KIA.
According to the Minister, the ANS Centre, a 5-storey building with a basement, is about 82 percent complete. It will deliver air traffic management (ATM) services, communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) systems, meteorological service for air navigation and aeronautical information management (AIM), among others. It will also be the second largest in Africa after a similar facility in South Africa.
The new Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) office complex, on the other hand, is an 8-storey facility with a 3000m2 underground parking floor, commercial offices, meeting and multipurpose areas, a data centre, a cafeteria, a gym and an executive lounge.
Meanwhile, work on the apron an area of the airport where aircraft park, unload and load, refuel or boarding which began a year ago, is progressing as planned. When completed, it will serve as a parking space for up to 13 aircraft.
His remarks were re-echoed by the acting Director-General of the Authority, Ing. Charles Kraikue, who stresses GCAA’s commitment to government’s vision for the aviation industry.