The Vice President, H.E. Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has inaugurated the Tamale International Airport as part of the government’s commitment to making the country an aviation hub in the West African sub-region.
During the event on Tuesday, 22 August, 2023, Dr. Bawumia opined that the completion of the second phase of the airport means that passengers can now fly abroad through direct or connecting flights from Tamale.
The US$70million project was funded by the UK Export Finance and KFW IPEX-Bank of Germany, with Ecobuild Consult as consultants.
He said that, the project is part of the government’s vision to expand the frontiers of the aviation industry and to make Ghana the aviation hub within the West African sub-region. It is, therefore, gratifying to note that the development of the Tamale Airport Phase II is in line with the government’s aviation sector infrastructure development programme.
He stated that “This project is so dear to the government and particularly the hard-working people of the Northern Region and their trading partners across the length and breadth of the country and the sub-region,”
Dr. Bawumia added that, the completion of the ultra-modern facility project, together with the multi-purpose terminal and other ancillary facilities, are expected to provide the needed impetus for increase in economic activities and reinforce Tamale’s status as a strategic location.
“The recent phase of the project, commissioned on Tuesday[August 23], has seen further expansion and enhancements to the airport facilities. Remarkably, the Phase 2 construction, which encompassed extensive improvements, was completed at a cost of $70 million. This cost-effective approach highlights the government’s dedication to responsible financial management while prioritizing the region’s development,” he said.
He revealed that, Works undertaken at the Airport include an approximately 5,000 meter squared expandable ultra-modern Airport Terminal Building with annual passenger throughput of 400,000; a multi-purpose Terminal (Hajj Facility), 5km Single Carriageway Access Road; a 330 capacity car park, a Technical hub to manage electricity, waste water treatment and other essentials, as well as other ancillary facilities.
He emphasized the transformative potential of the upgraded airport in fostering economic growth and development expected to attract investments, facilitate trade, and promote tourism, further solidifying Tamale’s position as a pivotal economic center.
He commended the Contractors and Consultant for delivering the project on schedule and the Ghana Airports Company Limited for their supervisory role in ensuring the success of the project. I also wholeheartedly thank the UK Government for funding the construction of this project. I charge the Board and Management to ensure that the building and equipment we see today are properly maintained, equipment and other installations duly serviced, for optimum performance.
He harnessed the opportunity to thank His Majesty, the Yaa-Naa and his elders & Chiefs, our development partners and invited guests their presence to witness this special occasion.
The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, on behalf of the Chiefs and People of the region rendered a special gratitude to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for this edifice and for the numerous developmental projects this region has benefitted from his stewardship.
“Aside of the well known significant national projects and programmes His Excellency has been involved in, Northern Region will forever be grateful to him for his immense role in such high profile projects such as the Tamale Inter-change, the Tamale-Yendi-Tatale Road, the Walewale-Tamale Road dualisation and of course this edifice we are inaugurating today,” he stated.
He was optimistic that, the Tamale International Airport will now serve as a good alternate and compliment to the Kotoka International Airport in International travel and a nerve-centre for air travel, for the North and the Sahel to Europe and beyond.
“The Northern Region is known as one of the fastest growing regions in this country and the sub-region and therefore deserves to host such a facility to propel progress and development and bring prosperity to the People. Today the region with a population of more than 2.4 million is the 5th most populated in the country and the Tamale Metropolis is the third most populous in the country,” he stated.
Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Pamela Djamson-Tettey, on her part, said after the Operational Readiness and Transfer (ORAT) phase of the project was initiated upon the handover of the terminal to the GACL. “We have engaged in the testing of all equipment and systems, training of personnel and finally, the gradual migration of operations to the newly built terminal.
“Our objective throughout this phase has been to eliminate any risk associated with the migration, and we are committed to ensuring the seamless transfer of operations to this new terminal,” she stated.
She added that, the management and staff at the Ghana Airports, remain committed to managing this state-of-the-art facility and provide world class services for the benefit of our nation.