Aviation hub vision on course – Minister

Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, has assured that Ghana’s hope and mission to become the sub-region’s aviation hub is on course with the completion of several infrastructure projects.

“A number of infrastructure developments have been rolled out in the last couple of years; including terminal buildings, a new Air Navigation Services (ANS) building, extension of airside and landside infrastructure, as well as installation of modern air navigation equipment and capacity-build for aviation sector professionals,” he said.

He added that most aviation infrastructure in Ghana are being modernized, and these are intended to improve safety and security of passengers and aircraft in the Accra Flight Region (FIR).

“Indeed, completion and operationalisation of the new Terminal 3 building has given a major boost to air travel operations in Ghana. This facility will handle up to 5 million passengers a year, with an expansion potential of up to 6.5 million passengers. The passenger throughput for international flights averages 8,000 while domestic averages 2,000 passengers daily,” he added.

Mr. Adda was speaking at the Africa-Indian Ocean (AFI) Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APIRG\22) and the Fifth Meeting of the AFI Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-AFI\5) meeting, which came off at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra

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Mr. Adda urged African countries to up their game if they want to remain relevant in and take advantage of the sector’s growth potential. “As a country, we are aware of the potential; and government is hence providing the required policy direction and infrastructure to promote and expand the aviation industry’s frontiers,” he said.

Data from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) point out that Africa’s contribution to global air transport services is just 4 percent, even though it is projected to have the highest potential for growth in the sector.

“The African continent and its member-states are endowed with several resources and large latent population, yet optimising the full socio-economic benefits of predicted air traffic growth in the sector has continued to elude us over the years,” he indicated.

He therefore urged that member-states should be committed to developing safe, secure, efficient and sustainable aviation systems, fully compliant with ICAO’s Standard and Recommended Practices. “I am pleased to note that Ghana, for instance, obtained an Effective Implementation (EI) rate of 89.89 percent – the highest on the continent – after ICAO concluded its coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) in April 2019.”

This historic performance, he pointed out, was realised as a result of government’s commitment and support to the sector – and, most importantly, the hard work and professionalism continuously exhibited by management and staff of the aviation sector in Ghana. “I take this opportunity to salute all stakeholders who contributed to achieve this feat,” he added.

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Government, he noted, has also reviewed and enhanced Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) with several contacting states, and given policy approval for the establishment of a home-based carrier.

Ing. Simon Allotey, Director-General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said that the ICAO Assembly Resolution A39-12 recognises the importance of a global framework to support the safety strategic objective of ICAO.

The Assembly, he explained, resolved that the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) shall provide the framework in which regional and national aviation safety plans will be developed and implemented – thus ensuring the harmonisation and coordination of efforts aimed at improving international civil aviation safety, capacity and efficiency.

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