Sunday, December 26, 2010

Carriers at Kotoka International Airport increase in 2010

For the past year, four new carriers have commenced operations at Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
KIA also saw the introduction of the Accra-Atlanta route by Delta Airlines, as well as the introduction of a third boarding gate.

The Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Mrs Doreen Owusu Fianko, said this on Thursday, at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which was held by the GACL in Accra.
She said the increase in the number of airlines operating at the KIA was an endorsement of the world’s confidence in the Ghanaian economy, especially in the wake of the oil and gas find, “which is a catalyst for growth in airline passenger and cargo traffic”.
“I must confess that at GACL, we are greatly challenged with these new developments, but we are already poised for this challenge and putting the necessary facilities in place to handle all these flights into KIA,” she said.

Touching on the year ahead, the GACL Managing Director said there were plans to upgrade the baggage handling systems, provide two additional boarding gates, refurbish washrooms and remodel the Domestic Terminal to handle international operations.
“Final designs for the terminal expansion would be completed by the end of the year and construction should start well before the end of next year, all things being equal,” she said.
Mrs Fianko said works were expected to improve passenger comfort “and we are therefore seeking the 
co-operation of all users of the airport to make these projects possible”.


Kotoka Airport to get two new boarding gates

The Kotoka International Airport is expected to have two new boarding gates by mid-February next year.

The new gates will be located next to gate two, behind the duty-free area. The new facility is being financed by US carrier Delta Airlines as part of its contribution to the expansion of the airport.

Delta Airline’s Corporate Communication Chief for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Debbie Egerton told Joy Business the airline regards the facility as a significant investment to improve the comfort of passengers and that there will be an independent air-conditioned holding area for Delta passengers as well as those of its partners in the Sky Team Alliance; Air France and KLM.

The Commercial Manager for Delta Airlines in West and East Africa, Bobby Bryan said construction works had already started in co-operation with the airport authorities.

“The biggest advantage for us is that it gives us the ability to schedule flights when it works best for our passengers,” he stated.

Source: Joy Business/Ghana