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Ghana Set to Overtake Nigeria as Aviation Hub In West Africa


The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said the vision of his Government is to establish Ghana both as an aviation hub within West Africa, and as the preferred destination of choice for travellers.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 25th October, 2017, when he delivered a speech at the 1st Aerospace and Aviation Industry Show in West Africa, held at the Kotoka International Airport.

Government, President Akufo-Addo added, hopes to achieve this by working with the private sector to offer modern, attractive air transport infrastructure, and by building capacity and establishing institutional and policy framework to enhance safety and security of air services.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 25th October, 2017, when he delivered a speech at the 1st Aerospace and Aviation Industry Show in West Africa, held at the Kotoka International Airport.

Since assuming office in January 2017, and following President Akufo-Addo’s decision to remove the 17.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on domestic air fares, domestic airfares have some seen reduction, and the passenger throughput has increased significantly from 302,270 as at September, 2016, to 373,429 as at September, 2017, representing a 23.5% increase.

Additionally, the President noted that the number of international airlines operating in the country has increased from 35 to 37 this year, noting that other domestic airlines will, hopefully, follow suit soon.

Ongoing aviation projects in Ghana include the construction of Terminal 3 at Kotoka International Airport, designed to accommodate 5 million passengers in the next 5 years to be completed in April, 2018; construction of Modern Air Navigation Services Centre at Kotoka International Airport and construction of Phase II of both Kumasi and Tamale Airports.

Lamenting the challenging nature of air travel connectivity in Africa, President Akufo-Addo noted that the 1999 Yamoussoukro, when fully implemented by all States, will improve air transport and guarantee lower fares and increase traffic on the continent.


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