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Kumasi Airport Not For Sale
 
Posted on: 18-Jul-2012         Source: dailyguideghana.com
 
 
 
Board Chairman of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Kuntu Blankson has debunked rumours that the Kumasi Airport would be sold to a private entity.

He said government intends to partner private investors to make the facility more viable.

During a tour of the Kumasi Airport on Monday to address concerns raised by the public about the operations of the airport, Mr. Blankson also said the government would not transfer the proposed Kumasi airport re-development project to Tamale.

He noted that the government was committed to ensuring equitable distribution of development project at all airports in the country.

The board chairman said a firm called PW Limited had been contracted to fix cracks on the runway at the Kumasi Airport as a result of landing of heavy planes.

He said the GACL was expanding the car parks of the airport and stressed the need for the aviation sector to collaborate with the tourism industry to ensure accelerated developments.

He explained that plans by government to develop the one-square mile land at Prampram in the Greater Accra region into a modern international airport were on course.

He bemoaned the encroachment of lands reserved for airport projects by private developers and said it could prevent future expansion works.

Hon Kuntu Blankson particularly cited the building of a school close to the Kumasi Airport, describing the development as dangerous.

The school project, he indicated, was creating problems for pilots and added that he had reported the matter to the Ashanti Regional Minister to take action.

Hon. Blankson said the present situation whereby managers of the Kumasi Airport were not allowed to handle money to solve ‘little problems’ was not encouraging and promised that the board would look into the matter.

Director, Technical Services of GACL, M.T. Torto said $62 million would be needed to work on the airfield of the Kumasi Airport alone before the facility could attain international recognition.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi