The Minister for Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has announced the Sunyani Airport suitable for use after concluding his last inspection tour with a team of experts from the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Ghana Air Force.
The Minister mentioned that there would be test runs to guarantee the runway and other facilities to ensure safe landing and takeoffs of aircraft had met all aviation standards.
“Thankfully, the contractor has completed his work and we are waiting for operations of the airlines to commence. But in the aviation industry, there are rules and regulations. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has some standards for every airport to meet, based on their regulations before commencing operations. That is why we have brought a team of experts from the GCAA, GACL and the Ghana Air Force to inspect the facility and determine if all the regulations and requirements had been met”, he noted.
The Transport Minister made these remarks when he interacted with journalists after the team of experts had thoroughly assessed the rehabilitated airport project.
Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah stated that, the Ministry of Transport will always ensure that ICAO’s regulatory standards were met to deter any fatalities.
He added, the Aviation industry was highly regulated and if one missed the standards, it meant human lives were at stake. “That is why the airport was closed down for renovation works to commence to meet ICAO standards. Now what we have done is to ensure that aircrafts can come land here. We are going to ensure this airport meets the best standards in the aviation industry and fit for aircrafts to come in and not pose danger to anyone”, he said.
The Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited, Mrs. Pamela Djamson-Tettey, on her part said they were delighted the airport was ready to start operations. “We believe that the contractor and the consultant have delivered on time to a very high standard. We are just waiting to start operations because it means a lot to us at Ghana Airports, to be able to earn revenue that comes from a key place like Sunyani’’.
She added they had received requests from some domestic airlines wanting to operate the route and in some few days, the airport will be up and running, and like all our other airports it will earn the GACL some revenue.
Commenting on the state of the facility, the Director of Projects & Operations for Resources Access Limited, contractors of the project, Abdul Salam Zabilila Alhassan, said they are delighted to have accomplished their task having demarcated the scratches to increase friction as well as completing the markings on the runway.