General News of Saturday, 6 April 2013
Some portions of the Kumasi Airport’s runway have “broken” and begun “sinking”.
The Aeronautical Information Service of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has therefore issued a NOTAM (Notice To Air Men) to be cautious in using the runway which has now been restricted.
According to NOTAM (B0320/13) issued on Thursday April 4, 2013, at 1835GMT, the restriction will persist from Friday April 5 to Friday April 12, 2013.
It will be from 0600GMT each day.
It said: “Landing and take-off direction restricted to RWY02 (runway 02) due to broken and sinking surface on RWY20 (runway 20)”.
It noted that the: “Threshold runway distance available is 1,200 meters”.
XYZ News sources say repair works will be undertaken on the defective portion of the runway in the interim.
It is however not clear if the Airport will have to be shutdown once again for such repair works.
The Kumasi Airport was twice shut down temporarily in 2012 for similar repair works to parts of the defective runway which was largely blamed on the use of heavy aircraft by some domestic airlines.