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26th Aug 2023 | PR UNIT

The Tamale International Airport Phase II Project has been officially commissioned by the Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, marking a significant milestone in Ghana's pursuit of becoming an aviation hub within the West Africa Region and beyond. The Commissioning highlighted the country's unwavering commitment to enhancing its aviation infrastructure.

Delivering his statement at the event, the Minister for Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, expressed his profound gratitude to His Excellency the President and Vice President of the Republic, for their unwavering support and dedication to the project. He also extended appreciation to the Government of the United Kingdom for its substantial contribution to the Tamale International Airport Phase II Project.

The expansion of the Tamale Airport he stated, underscored the government's dedication to providing top-notch facilities for the aviation industry, ensuring an unparalleled experience for travelers.

He said the new terminal building, covered approximately 3,000 square meters and had state-of-the-art amenities designed to redefine the standards of comfort and convenience, with a capacity to handle 250,000 passengers. The airport was equipped to accommodate the growing number of travelers, emphasizing efficiency and seamless travel experiences.

“The Tamale International Airport Phase II Project included essential features such as a Hajj village, a two-lane single-carriageway access road, land-side and airside infrastructure, water, power, and sewage infrastructure, and an apron extension. These enhancements are poised to boost economic activities, promote air connectivity to various regions, facilitate trade, and encourage eco-tourism”, he added.

Hon. Ofori Asiamah passionately urged airlines to operate flights to Tamale International Airport and other regional airports, aiming to improve air services and enhance travel opportunities for the public. He encouraged existing domestic airlines to also take advantage and increase their frequencies to better serve the travelling public so they are not left behind.

He further highlighted ongoing efforts to expand airport infrastructure across the country, which included, the completion of the Kumasi Airport Phase II & III Projects, the rehabilitation of the Sunyani Airport, and plans for a new airport in the Western or Central Region or in between the two Regions.

These developments, he said, showed the government's commitment to fostering socio-economic growth and development. He called upon the private sector and the investor community to support these initiatives, recognizing their potential to drive progress and prosperity.

Expressing gratitude to all stakeholders and organizations involved in the Tamale International Airport Phase II Project, the Minister, acknowledged the collective effort that transformed the project from vision to reality. He emphasized the importance of maintaining the airport to the highest standards and recommended practices, ensuring that the significant investment made in the project benefited the people of Ghana to its full capacity.

“The commissioning of the Tamale International Airport Phase II Project signifies a new era of connectivity, growth, and progress for Ghana. It embodies the nation's dedication to creating a gateway that will catalyze economic development, strengthen international relationships, and inspire all who encounter it”, he noted.

The colourful event brought together Ghanaians from across the country to witness the commissioning of the much-anticipated Tamale International Airport. Before the commissioning, the Tamale International Airport had seen the lifting of pilgrims straight from Tamale to Mecca and back. 

Participants left with a sense of pride, recognizing the achievement as a testament to Ghana's ambition and commitment to becoming a regional aviation powerhouse.