Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah informed parliament that the Tamale Airport’s new terminal to start operations by July 31, says Transport Minister. Transport minister stated that all necessary preparations have been finalized, allowing the government to officially open the Tamale International Airport for traffic.
He further added that an operational readiness and transfer program was initiated in August 2022 to ensure a smooth transition from the construction phase to the operational phase. This was done to carefully manage potential risks and prevent any negative impact on the country’s reputation due to a poor start-up.
In 2018, the government obtained funding to construct a new international airport in Tamale, aiming to meet the increasing local and international aviation demands in northern Ghana.
Total cost spent on the Tamale Airport’s new terminal
The project is projected to have a budget of $70 million and is being carried out by Quiroz Galvao (QG) Construction UK Limited, the appointed contractors. Mr. Asiamah informed the parliamentary members that the operational launch of the new terminal building is now planned for July 31, 2023, after completing all necessary training, acceptance tests, and systems integration. Initially, the terminal was scheduled to be operational in December of the previous year, but it was delayed to ensure comprehensive preparations.
The undertaking consists of two terminal buildings built to international standards, reflecting the airport’s status as an international facility. Additionally, the project entails the construction of a high-quality 5km road that connects the airport to the Tamale-Bolgatanga highway. Moreover, it includes the establishment of a new car park and designated parking spaces for commercial vehicles.
The airport consists of two terminals: the versatile multi-purpose terminal, popularly referred to as the Hajj Terminal, and the primary terminal serving both domestic and international flights. The Hajj Terminal offers various conveniences including a waiting lounge, check-in and arrival counters, a designated area for managing luggage, facilities for ablution and prayer, and a parking lot accommodating up to 200 vehicles
The main terminal, serving both local and international operations, is a substantially larger facility spanning an area of 5,000 square meters. It is equipped with modern airport amenities and features, offering a contemporary and advanced infrastructure for travelers.