President John Mahama has stated that Ghana stands to benefit from aviation in terms of its contribution to job and wealth creation.
He said the country, realising the significance of that industry to its prosperity, was strategically aligning itself towards making profit from an anticipated boom, by developing relevant infrastructure.
Mr Mahama made the comments Tuesday March 1, 2016 at a ceremony to cut the sod for the construction of a third terminal at the Kotoka International Airport at the end of a two-day official visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Ghanaian leader said: “As per the focus of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), there will be over 6.5 billion air passengers by 2032 and this will generate about 103 million jobs and 5.8 trillion in economic activity. There is no doubt that the strong aviation sector will boost Ghana’s economic potential and will make it more productive, effective and efficient as a result of global competition.”
“The ultra-modern Terminal Three facility to be constructed will consist of five level facilities expanding up to 45,000 square metres of space and a capacity to process 1,250 passengers per hour. It will have its boarding bridges, it will have a large retail and commercial area, it will have three business lounges and the terminal will be capable of handling five million air passengers a year. This landmark project is to be completed by the end of July 2017.”