Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana is building a new terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra that will enable the airport handle five million passengers a year.
The US$250 million project is being financed by the Ghana Airports Company Limited and would be completed in 2017.
The sod for the commencement of work on the terminal, called Terminal 3, was cut by Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama and Turkish President, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is on an official visit to Ghana, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported on Wednesday. A Turkish company, MAPA Construction and Trade Company, is the main contractor.
Ghanaian officials say the new terminal, which President Mahama described as a “transformation project’, will boost the quest to make Ghana the aviation hub of West Africa.
“Already, KIA is the preferred choice of many airlines and with the completion of the project, KIA will be the most preferred aviation destination in West Africa,” President Mahama added.
He said the fact that the aviation industry continued to grow steadily was a testament to the government’s commitment to the sector.
Stressing the importance of the aviation industry, the President said, “A strong aviation industry will boost Ghana’s economic potential.”
President Erdoğan said his country was proud to be associated with the project, adding “I believe that with the Terminal 3, Accra will be able to connect to the world in future.”
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