THE government of Ghana has announced plans to construct a new modern large airport in the Western Region to receive larger planes and serve the oil and gas community. Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda who disclosed the plans, said the ministry is seeking about 3,000 acres of land for the development.
Adda explained that the airport project follows the influx of businesses, ostensibly from the discovery of oil and gas in the region, making the Air Force Base relatively small to contain the volume of air traffic from bigger aircraft.
‘The Air Force Base which was built in the 1940s to carry soldiers to Accra and beyond had undergone several rehabilitation, but the size still cannot receive larger planes. The region is so rich in all the natural resources and therefore needs an airport that would fit the status of the region,’ he said.
New modern airport
The modern airport, when completed would have a longer runway, tower, radar and other accessories to fit the Oil City, in addition to the putting up of hotels, schools, shopping malls and an Airport City similar to the Airport City in Accra.
The minister stated that the project would require an investment of about $100 million, adding that about five Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) have been signed with corporate bodies who were well prepared to do business at the yet to be constructed airport.
‘We are waiting for the Ministry of Finance to give us the go ahead with the sod -cutting for work to begin before the end of this year. Tamale and Kumasi Airports are also being expanded to receive larger planes and this would bring more businesses and jobs to the areas.’