President John Mahama is expected to cut sod for the construction of the new Terminal at the Kotoka International Airport which will be known as Terminal 3.
The sod cutting Citi Business News understands, will be at the end of February 2016.
This comes after the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) last year secured a loan of 250 million dollars for the construction of Terminal 3, at the Kotoka International Airport by a consortium of banks led by Ecobank Capital.
The completion of Terminal 3 is to expand facilities at the Kotoka International Airport to accommodate the increasing passenger throughput and increasing number of airlines servicing the KIA.
In an interview with Citi Business News, Chief Director of the Ministry of Transport,Twumasi Ankrah Selby said, the contractor for the project was already on site mobilizing.
“There is some refurbishment going on at the terminal 2, now the arrival hall has been done and we are looking at other works as well. But with the new terminal 3, the clearing work is currently ongoing as the area was initially being used by some other agencies and operators.But they have been relocated to allow for the project to commence,”
“The contract has been awarded and the site has been handed over to him as he is mobilizing. Sod cutting would soon be done by the President which will be done at the end of the month.” Twumasi Ankrah Selby said.
He added, “The contractor, a Turkish construction giant, Mapa and Gunal Construction, has up to approximately the first quarter of 2018 to complete the project.”
The new terminal will be situated at the round air side stretching to the Old Fire Service area, to the Hanger area of KIA and is expected to have a capacity of 5 million passengers a year.
By: Norvan Acquah – Hayford/citifmonline.com/Ghana