List of airlines that have resumed flights at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport

The Kotoka International Airport was re-opened to international traffic in September 2020 after it was closed for five months as part of measures to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

At least 13 airlines have scheduled flights from Accra to mostly European countries with connections worldwide.

EGYPTAIR

Below are the airlines that have resumed flights in Accra’s Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3 and are ready to welcome passengers on onboard.

  1. Emirates
  2. British Airways
  3. Ethiopian Airlines
  4. Asky
  5. Air France
  6. TAP Air Portugal
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  9. Middle East Airlines
  10. EgyptAir
  11. Air Cote D’Ivoire
  12. Brussels Airlines
  13. Africa World Airlines

Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport Re-opens To International Passenger Traffic

After closing the airport to human traffic five months ago as part of restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo has announced that the Kotoka International Airport will be re-opened to international passenger traffic effective September 1, 2020.

The President made this known during his 16th address to the nation on measures the government has taken to fight the spread of the virus.

Airlines and passengers are, however, required to adhere to the following measures:

  1. any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin. All airlines have been instructed to ensure compliance with this directive for all passengers wishing to travel to Ghana, and those airlines who fail in this regard will be duly sanctioned;
  2. disembarking passengers must do so wearing face masks;
  3. upon disembarking from the aeroplane, each passenger will undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test at the airport terminal, at a fee to be borne by the passenger. The test result will be available within 30 minutes;
  4. children under the ages of five will not be required to undergo testing at the airport
  5. passengers, who test positive for Covid-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management;
  6. passengers, who test negative, can, thereupon, enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities, and will be advised to continue to observe Covid-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana.

The Ministries of Information, Health and Aviation, and their respective agencies- the Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Airports Co. Ltd., and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority – will spell out in further detail the protocols surrounding the re-opening of our international airport, and the procedures to be adhered to by passengers arriving in Ghana at the Covid-19 media briefing on, Monday, August 31.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our borders, by land and sea, will continue to remain closed to human traffic until further notice,” he said.

Ghana Civil Aviation Authority: History, Location, Contacts

The Ghana Civil Aviation was first established in 1930 during the colonial era as a unit within the Public Works Department (PWD) of the British colonial administration. The Unit, however, gained Departmental status in 1953 to become a full standing department of the PWD until 1986 when the PNDC Law 151 was passed to finally make it an Authority.

In 2004 a new act, known as the Ghana Civil Aviation Act (GCAA), Act 678 was enacted to replace the PNDC Law 151, giving more power and responsibility to the authority.

Some major functions of the GCAA under the 2004 GCAA Act 678 include:

-Licensing and Certification of Air Transport Operators

-Provision of air navigation spaces within the Accra flight information region

-Provision of oversight for all activities related to civil aviation

-Regulation of air transport operators

-Advising the government on all matters concerning aviation.

 

LOCATION

Inside the Kotoka International Airport, Accra

 

CONTACT

Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Accra, Ghana

Private Mail Bag

Kotoka International Airport (KIA)

Accra, Ghana

Tel.:  +233-302-776-171

Fax:  +233-302-773-293

E-mail:  [email protected]gh

Ministry denies putting up Kotoka International Airport for sale

Jetsanza.com reported few days ago that the Aviation Ministry is considering a proposal to hand over the management of Kotoka International Airport to TAV Airports Holdings.

As expected, politicians are deliberately spreading rumours that the report indicates sales of the facility to the Turkish company.

The Ministry of Aviation has however been forced to release a Press Statement to clarify what it’s up to.

According to the Press Release, the memo which found it’s way in the media is an initial internal consideration of a possible management model for the Airport to enhance its value, performance and international competitiveness.

The statement went ahead to debunk rumours that the airport has been put up for sale but rather considering to partner the private firm “to provide management services to manage the financial and operational functions for the development of the GACL”.

Find the press release below

The Ministry of Aviation has taken note that initial internal considerations of a possible management model for the Kotoka International Airport to enhance its value, performance and international competitiveness, has been leaked and misconstrued to the general public as a plan by the Government of Ghana to privatize or sell the Kotoka International Airport.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Ministry of Aviation wishes to inform the general public that:

The Ministry has no plans whatsoever to recommend, neither does the Government of Ghana have plans to approve a privatization or sale of the Kotoka International Airport.

Cabinet has not been requested, neither has the Ministry of Aviation submitted a Cabinet Memorandum recommending approval for the privatization or sale of the Kotoka International Airport.

What indeed the Ministry is considering is an offer to partner with Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) to provide management services to manage the financial and operational functions for the development of the GACL.

The Honorable Sector Minister is yet to be appropriately advised on best available options in response to the offer being made, after which Cabinet may be requested to approve a recommended option if one is agreed upon.

A broader consultation with key stakeholders in the sector will be part of the internal considerations in due course if an appropriate option is agreed.

The general public is hereby entreated to disregard news of privatization or sale of the Kotoka International Airport.

The Ministry is committed to protecting the assets of all institutions under its purview including the GACL whilst enhancing their value for the betterment of the aviation sector.

The Ministry wishes to reiterate that the best practices for the management of the Industry will be the focus of all its decisions and actions at all times.

Turkish firm to take over management of Kotoka International Airport

Jetsanza.com has sighted a draft memo to Cabinet by the Aviation Ministry proposing the handing over of the management of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to a private company.

According to the memo, the private company, TAV Airport Holding Company limited, has sent a proposal to the Aviation Ministry to take over the management of KIA “to help bring about the physical development of the airport enclave.”

The Ministry, which is considering the proposal, has urged Cabinet to “consider and convey policy approval for the Ministry of Aviation to facilitate the engagement of Tav Airports Holding Company Limited as a strategic partner for the management of Kotoka International Airport.”

The ministry stated in the proposal that “the participation of the private sector will bring about the needed equity investment for the transformation of the sector thereby making the KIA achieve competitive status within the West African Sub-Region and the continent as a whole.”

It also said such move will be to provide “the needed financial strength for infrastructure and technological investment in the sector.”

TAV Airport Holding Company limited operates Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Ankara Esenboğa Airport, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Milas-Bodrum Airport and Antalya Gazipaşa Airport in Turkey, Tbilisi Airport and Batumi International Airport in Georgia, Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport and the Enfidha – Hammamet International Airport in Tunisia,the Skopje International Airport and Ohrid “St. Paul the Apostle” International Airport in the Republic of Macedonia.

Under the company’s management, Istanbul Atatürk Airport won Best Airport at Air Transport News Awards 2016, and also saw 61.8 million passengers using the Airport in 2015.

Aside airport management, TAV Airport Holding engages in other branches of airport operations as well including duty-free sales, food and beverage services, ground handling services, information technologies and security.

General Directorate of State Airports recognised the firm as the leading airport operator in Turkey in its 2010 passenger statistics including transfer passengers.

If the Parliament of Ghana approves the proposal from the Aviation Ministry, TAV Airports will take over from Ghana Airports Company Limited as managers of KIA.

Airport worker cries over GHS400 salary

The Kotoka International Airport (KIA) recently became the talk of town after the completion of its new terminal, Terminal 3.

All international travels were moved to this newly opened terminal and became job-seekers’ favourite.

As one would perceive that working at such an ultra-modern facility comes with attractive salaries, that isn’t the case at KIA.

An airport employee who wishes to remain anonymous revealed to AmeyawDebrah.com that workers are paid as low as GHS400 to 800 (USD 80 – 120) monthly. This according to the worker is responsible for the many reports of extortion by passengers.

The worker attributed the situation to the fact that companies working at the airport hire them on contract basis that limits their commitments to employees including the payment of overtime.

The worker called on the Ghana Airports Company Limited to set standards for employers at the facility.

Read the full message from the worker unedited:

The problem I have at the airport is that workers are paid as low as Ghc400-600, which is very bad. We have cried a lot to management but nothing has been done about it.

The Ghana Airport Company should set a standard payment for every company that comes to the airport, to pay workers. If we get better pay, I think extortion at the airport would reduce tremendously.

Even the uniforms we wear are deducted from our salaries. This is the reason why some passengers complain of workers extorting monies from them when traveling.

Companies have employed people on contract basis for more than a year, why because if they make them permanent workers, they need to pay them over time so they employ us based on contracts.

People are suffering especially those who have families. Out of fear, the workers have not been able to form unions that help to protect the interest of workers.

If the Ghana Airport Company sets standards for every company to work with, things will be ok. We have no rights …that are the kind of fear they have put into us, so much that even our supervisors can’t talk for us.

What hurts the most is there are no benefits from the company to workers when you are sick; or overtime payment for us after we have worked more than our usual working hours. I would love for u to just get closer to some of the airline security and hear for your self.

KIA: Domestic airline operations moved to Terminal 2

The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the company that manages the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has announced that domestic airline operations have been moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2.

Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)

This announcement comes after the successful completion and testing of the airport’s Terminal 3 which now serves international passengers.

Terminal 2, which previously served international travelers will from Monday October 8, 2018 serve domestic passengers.

Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)

GACL posted on Facebook: “Ghana Airports Company Limited wishes to inform the travelling public that with effect from Monday, October 8, 2018, Domestic Airline Operations will be moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at Kotoka International Airport. This follows the successful transfer of International operations to Terminal 3.”

No Flooding at Kotoka Airport Terminal 3 – GACL debunks reports

Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) has debunked reports that the newly built Kotota International Airport (KIA) Terminal 3 was flooded.

There were reports in the media that stem from a video shared by Ace Ankomah that suggested that the tarmac of the KIA Terminal 3 was flooded after downpour in Accra on Monday.

The GACL has however stated with photos that the KIA, including Terminal 3 was not flooded as reported.

“We can confirm that there was NO flooding at KIA, neither was there flooding in terminal 3, as earlier reported.” – GACL shared on Facebook with photos.

Photos shared by GACL included arrival and departure halls only and did not include the tarmac that was reported flooded.

Taking of Photos and Videos on the Tarmac is prohibited and as such it cannot be confirmed if video taken by Ace Ankomah is really KIA Terminal 3.

Must-see photos of the newly completed Terminal 3 at the Kotoka International Airport

The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) yesterday tested the equipment and facilities at the newly constructed terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

302 passengers travelling on Delta Airlines and South African Airways will were checked in through Terminal 3, Departure hall.

The test which was also to solicit feedback from passengers was conducted successfully, according to GACL.

See photos from the terminal during the test.

Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)
Kotoko International Airport Terminal 3 (PHOTO CREDIT: GACL)