Takoradi Airport is located in Sekondi-Takoradi, a city, and capital of the Western Region of southern Ghana. The airport has been in existence for over 6 decades serving as an airforce base and the primary shore base for helicopter transfer to offshore oil platforms in Ghana’s Jubilee Oil Field.
In 2019, the government of the Wet African country embarked on a project to expand the airport facility in a bid to enable it to take more domestic airlines. The project would also enable the airbase to give room to civilian passengers at least until when the region gets an alternative airport.
The project in question would include the renovation of the airport terminal building, expansion of the arrival/departure hall, and the oil and gas facility. The project is led by TonyDollyken Construction Limited.
Refurbished Takoradi Airport Apron in Ghana commissioned
A refurbished Takoradi Airport Apron in Ghana has been commissioned. Tullow Ghana Limited, one of the largest oil-producing companies in the country, handed over the airport to the Ghana Air Force.
Mr. Kweku Awotwe, Tullow Ghana’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director who presided over the handing over, said that the refurbished Apron had made the airport more accessible and safe for airport operations.
Takoradi Airport Apron
Refurbishment works at the airport included the reconstruction of an area of 22,692 square meters, excavation works, and the rehabilitation of 5000-meter square of roads. The total overhaul of the airport’s tarmac was done at a cost of US $2.3m.
“The refurbished Apron now meets environmental health and safety standards and will also provide easy transition of passengers to and from the aircraft. It will also reduce congestion with adjoining broads and parking areas at the shore base,” said Mr. Kweku.
The Oil multinational also commissioned a new office complex at the airport which was built to enhance airport operations. The new office complex features state-of-the-art facilities such as meeting rooms that are fitted with smart technologies, lactating rooms, disability-friendly washrooms, and ramps, among others.
The Executive Vice President affirmed that the company was committed to ensuring that its operations impacted positively on the lives and well-being of the communities they operated.
“It is this ideal, this philosophy that is embedded in our principle of shared prosperity and we are proudly handing over the Airport Apron today to benefit the people of Ghana,” said Mr. Kweku.
Mr. Kofi Adda, the Minister for Aviation on his part said the sector would continue to pursue relevant policies in infrastructural development to enhance growth in air transport and make passengers experience more delightful air travel experience.