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Bawumia commissions Tamale International Airport phase 2 project

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia led the inauguration ceremony of Phase II of the Tamale International Airport Project in the capital of the Northern Region.

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This project, facilitated by the UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC) and co-chaired by Dr. Bawumia, is a key component of Ghana’s aviation sector infrastructure development plan. The goal is to expand the aviation industry and position the country as a prominent aviation hub in West Africa.

Dr. Bawumia, who initiated the project with a groundbreaking ceremony on August 15, 2019, expressed his delight at the completion of Phase II of the Tamale International Airport after a four-year endeavor. He underscored the project’s importance in stimulating economic trade, reinforcing Tamale’s role as a Sub-Saharan Hub Airport, and offering an alternative to the Kotoka International Airport.

The enhancements made at the airport encompass a state-of-the-art, expandable terminal building spanning approximately 5,000 square meters. This terminal can accommodate a significant number of passengers annually. Additionally, the project includes a technical hub for electricity management and wastewater treatment, alongside other supporting facilities.

Within the new terminal building, travelers will find a VIP lounge, two boarding gates, self-service check-in kiosks, check-in desks, airline offices, and commercial retail spaces.

Despite its comprehensive scope, Phase II of the project incurred a cost of $70 million, notably less than the $110 million invested in Phase I, conducted between 2014 and 2016. Phase I involved extending the runway by one kilometer, installing lighting, and partially fencing the airport.

The Northern Region, renowned for its agricultural and economic activities, is poised to gain from the airport’s strategic location within the Sahelian belt, known as Ghana’s food basket. The Tamale International Airport is expected to provide improved access to markets for local agricultural products, boost tourism, and attract travelers from neighboring countries.

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The government intends to leverage the airport to support the initiatives of the Northern Development Authority (NDA). This includes harnessing fresh agricultural produce for export, generating employment opportunities, and fostering prosperity in the region. This surge in agricultural activity will also bolster the growth of agro-based industries in Northern Ghana.

Vice President Bawumia expressed optimism that the completion of the project will incentivize other service providers to invest in various areas. These include establishing a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility, developing cargo facilities and cold storage for exporting fresh produce, and setting up an Aviation Training Organization (ATO), among other promising avenues.

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