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Business News of Friday, 7 September 2018

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Kotoka Airport Terminal 3 to be operational from September 15

Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited, Mr John Dekyem Attafuah has announced that the newly constructed Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport will become fully operational on September 15 ahead of its official inauguration by President Akufo-Addo on October 2.

Briefing the press moments after guiding the Minister of Aviation, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda on a tour of the terminal on Friday (September 7), Mr Attafuah said the project which cost $275 million, is ready for use after being tested in about 36 simulations.

He said: "For some of us, we even have forgotten that it's a new terminal because of all the prior tests that we conducted. We have had about 36 simulations so far and so for us it's like second nature now.

"Last Monday we started live flights from this airport, we had four flights on Monday, four airlines used here but for Emirates, for example, they came in went to Abidjan and came back in. So that's what we have and today We have had our first arrivals to this terminal and so far all our systems have worked as we had expected and we are very confident that come the 15th of March, we should not have any problems and challenges," Mr Attafuah added.

He further disclosed that Terminal 2 will now be used for domestic flights.

Minister's assessment of Terminal 3

Mr Adda in his assessment after the tour described Terminal 3 as a 'top class' facility comparable to the best terminals in airports across the world.

The Minister also charged all staff of the GACL and users of the terminal to ensure that the maintenance manuals of the facility were adhered to.