For the second stage of the facility’s expansion project, the Ministry of Aviation has handed over appropriate parts of Tamale International Airport to contractors.
The contractor is QG Construction Limited, a local presence construction company based in the United Kingdom (UK).
The Deputy Aviation Minister, Mr. Yaw Afful, said Phase 2 is anticipated to be finished in 30 months, estimated to cost $70 million.
It includes the building of a primary terminal on an area of 5,000m2, a multi-purpose facility covering 1,000m2 to be used for Hajj pilgrimage purposes, and an asphalted highway of eight kilometers connecting the airport with the Tamale-Bolgatanga highway.
Mr Afful said that building work was underway at Kumasi Airport as part of the government’s vision of creating Ghana West Africa’s aviation hub, while work would shortly begin at Sunyani Airport.
He said national flight services are scheduled to start at the Upper West Region’s Wa Airport, with this year’s first flight planned for October 15.
Mr Afful said there was also consideration of a fresh airport in Takoradi.
Job creation He said the Tamale Airport building works would generate both qualified and unqualified employment for the Northern Region’s individuals.
Therefore, the deputy minister appealed to all stakeholders and inhabitants of the region to work with the contractor over the building period of 30 months to guarantee quick and good work delivery.
Mr. Yaw Appiah Danquah, Ghana Airport Company Limited’s Director of Airport Planning and Projects, said that all circumstances and approvals needed to start the second stage project had been met.
These included Cabinet and parliamentary approvals and certifications from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), he said, adding a start date would be set with the contractor accordingly.
Background President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo trimmed the sod on August 15 this year for the start of the second stage of the Tamale Airport development project.
The UK Export Finance (UKEF) is funding the project with assistance from the KfW-IPEX Bank, the German Development Bank.