The upgrade of the Tamale airport is expected to commence by end of July 2014. This was revealed by the Deputy Minister for Transport Joyce Bawah Mogtari during the Citi breakfast show. She said that the US$100m Tamale airport project is being undertaken because of land availability.
However, the government will still go ahead with the plans of upgrading the Kumasi Airport to international standards as the Ghana Airports Company is at present upgrading the existing runway at the Kumasi airport. It is also speculated that plans are underway to construct a new terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to take anxiety off the other terminals. The terminal will be known as terminal 3 and will reduce weight off the terminal 2 as rehabilitation of that terminal takes off in earnest.
The government attributed the delay of upgrading the Kumasi airport to lack of space and encroachment. The attribution was as a result of emerging questions as to why the government has decide on building an international airport in Tamale regardless of the considerable traffic at the Kumasi airport. In the meantime, the government has announced the plan of setting up an Aviation fuel depot in Tamale.