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VENTURES AFRICA- In line with its expansion drive into emerging markets, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has signed a deal with its Ghanaian counterpart to provide advisory and technical consultancy services in all airport-related matters in Ghana.

The five-year renewable contract will see Acsa share aviation knowledge around technical, operational, commercial and strategic business development with Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL).

Specific areas to be focused on include airport infrastructure development, property development, commercial and business areas surrounding airports, and security-related services.

GACL is responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining Ghana’s airports, including Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra, three regional airports and other airfields.

Its Managing Director, Charles Asare said the Ghanaian aviation sector had gained more prominence after the recent discovery of oil in the West African nation.

Ghana’s domestic traffic volumes have been growing by over 30 percent per annum and international traffic by around 10 percent.

The country’s Transport minister, Dzifa Attivor, said the country’s burgeoning economy is putting enormous pressure on its airports, especially the Kotoka International Airport which needs to be upgraded with new facilities.

Attivor said the country chose to partner with Acsa for advisory services based on its enormously successful airports expansion and management programme for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Acsa had signed a similar agreement with GVK for the management of Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil over the past few years.

“It is pleasing that Ghana has acknowledged South Africa’s eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multi-dimensional assistance for their aggressive airport expansion programme,” SA Transport minister Dipuo Peters said in a statement.

The memorandum would be a catalyst for infrastructural development that would boost the continent’s growth, Acsa CEO Bongani Maseko added.
 

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AND A NEW TERMINAL 3 COMING UP AT KOTOKA

Hi Guys,i hear there is a new 5 million passenger capacity USD 125 million Terminal 3 set to commence by July 2014.The project will be completed in December 2015.Will provide updates and link shortly.

I guess with the new developments,the new airport at Prampram may have to wait a little longer
 

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Kotoka airport to get new terminal

Government will construct a new terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to take pressure off Terminal 2 of the facility

The KIA currently has two terminals. Terminal 1 is used by domestic operators and some regional carriers, while T2 is mainly used for international arrivals and departures. However, increasing passenger throughput has put pressure on the facilities at the KIA.

President John Mahama, in his State of the Nation Address said: “Adverts will soon be placed for the construction of a new terminal at the KIA. This terminal, to be known as Terminal 3, will take pressure off Terminal 2 so that rehabilitation of that terminal can take off in earnest”.

The President did not disclose the cost and source of funding, and did not give timelines as to commencement and completion of the project.

Ironically, the 2014 Budget and Financial Statement of government presented to Parliament last November by the Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Mr. Seth Terkper, did not capture the construction of a third terminal at the KIA.

Total international and domestic arrivals and departures increased from 1.5 million in 2011 to 2.7 million in 2013.

It is important to state, however, that the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) is responsible for the management of all civilian airports and aerodromes in the country, and is undertaking renovation and expansion works at the KIA.

The company is to remodel the terminal building of the KIA to ease traffic. This will ultimately provide 13 aerobridges to facilitate passenger-boarding. An estimated US$402 million is also required to develop KIA as a hub to service the sub-region under the Investment and Gateway Programme.

Eight new parking aprons have been completed at the KIA, and are able to accommodate eight large-bodied aircraft.
President Mahama said: “Work is progressing on the rehabilitation and expansion project at the KIA. The parking apron for wide-bodied aircraft has been completed. Expansion of the arrival hall will be carried out to create more space for the increased number of passengers arriving at KIA each day.

“The KIA-Phase III rehabilitation project is 47 percent complete. Feasibility study and design for the expansion of the KIA terminal building is complete while work is ongoing on an additional parking bay for eight wide-body aircraft to address the inadequate parking space at the airside during peak periods,” Mr. Terkper said last November.

About GH¢51 million from airport taxes realised in 2012 was used to support the national budget, while about GH¢37 million and GH¢47 million was paid to the GRA in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

However, there is no mention of how much was realised in airport taxes as at the end of the third quarter of 2013; and the 2014 budget and economic statement did not allocate any funds for completing the work at KIA
 

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Government mulls PPP option for Kotoka Terminal 3

The Government of Ghana says it is mulling over a Public-Private-Partnership option that best fits into development plan of the Kotoka International Airport for the construction of Terminal three (T3) at the only international airport in Ghana.

Dzifa Attivor said: “There are some considerations which have not been concluded. Either the contractor or investor that wins the bid builds it, and the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) manages some parts of it, or the investor builds the facility for Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) to manage.”

“We want to develop the aviation sub-sector. The KIA is now congested. It was built for 500,000 passengers but now we are doing about 2 7million passengers. During the peak hours in the evening, there is a lot of congestion at the arrival and departure halls. We want to build a T3 and when we finish, we will come back to work on the existing thermal. That will give some comfort to the travelling public.

The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) is currently inviting applications from qualified companies for the construction of the T3.

The project, which is expected to be completed by December 2015, is expected to handle up to five million passengers per year and have VIP facilities.

Passenger throughput at the KIA has been increasing year-on-year for the past five years. The KIA handled more than 2.7 million international passengers in 2013.

Domestic passenger throughput has also been rising very fast. It increased from about 540,000 in 2012 to 770,000 in 2013.
 

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Hi Guys,i hear there is a new 5 million passenger capacity USD 125 million Terminal 3 set to commence by July 2014.The project will be completed in December 2015.Will provide updates and link shortly.

I guess with the new developments,the new airport at Prampram may have to wait a little longer
Hmm .. Its a welcome development .but. The. Pramprram airport must not be left behind.. 5 million passanger is up to standarrd.. I. Just. Hope the terminal will. Be. Classy. Enought. To. Reflect accra as. A vibrant city
 

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South African Airways targets Ghana as site for W/A hub
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/artikel.php?ID=311822

South African Airways plans to meet with rival operator Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise as it considers plans for establishing a hub in West Africa.

The continent’s biggest carrier is targeting Ghana as the preferred location for a base and wants to work on the plan with Asky Airlines from neighboring Togo, in which Ethiopian Airlines has a stake, spokesman Tlali Tlali said in an e-mail.

SAA initially considered Senegal as a possible hub as it seeks to compete with Ethiopian and Kenya Airways Ltd. in tapping traffic beyond their home markets. That strategy has now been abandoned as not commercially viable, Tlali said.

“We’re now focusing on Ghana as we operate on the Johannesburg-Accra sector,” Tlali said in response to questions from Bloomberg News.

The Johannesburg-based Business Day newspaper reported earlier that government-owned SAA wants to take a stake in Asky and relocate it to Accra, the Ghanaian capital. Asky won’t sell shares to SAA and wants to set up an Accra hub of its own, spokeswoman Traoré Afsath said by phone today.

Ethiopian Air, the African No. 2, added a hub in Togo in 2008 via an investment in Asky that stands at 40 percent, and opened another in Malawi in the south this year. The Addis Ababa-based company is evaluating a fourth base in Congo.

SAA Chief Executive Officer Monwabisi Kalawe said in December that the unprofitable airline needs billions of rand from the South African government to survive and won’t break even for four to five years. The company wants to replace an aging long-haul fleet with new planes to cut operating costs.

The International Air Transport Association this week confirmed forecasts for Africa’s carriers to earn money this year for the first time since 2010.
I think this is a good move, I was just saying the other day Asky should be based out of Accra, although I'd like to see SAA smited by EAL, but I assume Ghanaians don't really care about that. :lol:
 

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How about a new runway? Nobody's talking about that. There's got to be a real need for a second runway considering the rate of growth of passenger traffic.
 

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How about a new runway? Nobody's talking about that. There's got to be a real need for a second runway considering the rate of growth of passenger traffic.
Second runway for now may not be necessary as the current utilization of Kotoka runway is just about 68% to 70%.
 

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Second runway for now may not be necessary as the current utilization of Kotoka runway is just about 68% to 70%.
That's good to know but how about planning for it now, may be start work on it instead of waiting to haphazardly build it in a State of panic when the only run-way inevitably becomes too congested to handle all the traffic? Doesn't it make complete sense?.

If the GCAA is not ready to build another airport then that just seems like a logical thing to do. It made sense when there was talk of the need for a second international airport but in lieu of a new airport, a second run-way is not an option?? Its not like the current runway is being grossly underutilized. If work is started now, by the time it's completed, utilization would have peaked.
 

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GAC has no land available for a Second runway . Checked the airport on Google Earth and land around the airport has been encroached upon.No space at all.. unless they do some demolition I guess. I think they should improve on the current terminals and perhaps build another and aero bridges..
 

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.. unless they do some demolition I guess. ..
That's going to be the only option in a couple of years if a new airport is not built. More passengers means more aircraft on a congested runway.

I totally agree with the need for another bigger and modern terminal. I'm simply saying that the airport needs a new runway commensurate with the increase in terminal capacity.
 

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KIA Terminal 2 arrival expansion begins

By the end of December 2014, passengers travelling through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) would have some relief from the congestion and long queues that characterize activities at the arrival and immigration halls at the airport.

The Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) began work two weeks ago on the Terminal 2 arrival hall expansion project, which according to officials, is expected to add an additional 5,148 m2 floor area to the existing 6,031m2 and would last until the end of 2015.

The KIA has been facing some challenges coping with increase in passenger numbers in past couple of years, far exceeding the capacity of the airport infrastructure. International departures and arrivals increased from 1.5 million in 2011 to 1.7million in 2012, while domestic arrivals and departures increased from about 200,000 to 550,000 in the same period. These figures were expected to increase in 2013.

The first part of the project, which is set to be completed by end of2014, would involve construction of the expanded terminal area, expansion of the immigration area and installation extra immigration and customs desks. There would also be provision and installation of two new baggage handling equipment for the arrival hall. The existing three have already been replaced with new ones with x-ray scanners.

Enquiries by the GNA also reveal that as part of the expanQASsion, there would be other electrical, mechanical and plumping works done including the installation of telecommunication systems like telephones, public address and CCTV system, air conditioning and signage works.

The second phase is the construction of two top floors which would serve as airline offices and offices for staff of the GACL. The $21.4 million project is being funded by internally generated funds of the Ghana airports company limited (GACL) and is being undertaken by contractors; Amandi Holdings Limited.

Aside this project, the KIA would see some major improvements in the coming months, as improvements are being done to various parts of the airport, with plans to build a new international departure terminal to release the pressure on the existing one. The first phase for the construction of Terminal ‘3’, which involved prequalification of interested firms for the construction, has been done and is awaiting approval, after which the next phase; an invitation for technical and financial proposals would be implemented. The contract would then be awarded to the successful candidate, based on approval by the national procurement board.

The design built concept is expected to be completed by August 2016 and international departures would be moved to the new terminal while major rehabilitations works are done on the existing terminal building.

In the meantime, efforts are being made to make the existing terminal operationally effective. From 15th February 2014, work was started on the refurbishment of the washroom in the international departure terminal in order to ensure passengers comfort. Work has also started to install new CCTV camera in the departure hall in order to improve security.

Most importantly, a contract has been awarded to ARG Africa for the replacement of the escalator in the departure terminal which has been broken for some months now and installation of a second elevator. An order has been made for the equipment. Delivery and installation of the equipment is expected to take six months.

Other improvements are also being made airside at the KIA. In preparation to accommodate the aircrafts as large as the Boeing 747-800, the taxiway is being expanded from 27meters wide to 60meters.

Also under the KIA Phase III rehabilitation project, which is ongoing, and expected to be completed in August 2016, another apron would be constructed to accommodate more wide bodied aircraft, aeronautical ground lighting would also be installed, while the fuel main at the airport would be extended to the cargo apron to allow cargo aircraft to refuel directly from their apron without having to load and go for refueling at the passenger apron as is done now.

Work has also begun on repair of the aircraft touchdown zone. This area has developed cracks and has rubber deposits from the aircraft tires, leading to a reduction in friction, which is not good for the landing aircraft.

Similar works are also planned for the regional airports especially Kumasi and Tamale, which aeronautical ground lights expected to be fitted at both airports in order to allow night flights to those destinations.
With these improvements, it is hoped that the KIA would be better equipped to live up to its reputation of being the aviation hub and gateway to Africa.

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