McDan Aviation, the aviation subsidiary of the McDan Group of Companies, has opened Ghana’s first private jet terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra.
The private jet terminal, located at Terminal One of KIA, according to the company, would position and deepen the country’s quest as the gateway to the subregion for business and investment purposes.
McDan Aviation would kickstart its commercial private jet services with three airplanes and one helicopter, while arrangements were in place for the acquisition of other aircraft, including a Challenger 604 Bombardier, a Gulfstream jet and helicopters, to offer air-ambulance medical, as well as domestic tourism.
Addressing a gathering of dignitaries at the launch on Friday, January 28, 2022, CEO of the McDan Group of Companies, Mr Daniel McKorley said private jet services, across the globe are no longer luxury in orientation but have become a necessity, particularly to business leaders, captains of industry, diplomats, among several others.
McDan Aviation, having been approved, acquiring a Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) license from the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), according to Mr McKorley, would offer aircraft operators and middle-to-high-end businesses a secure and private alternative to the airport’s main terminals.
Facilities in the terminal
The lounge of the private jet terminal has a conference room for people who want to have business meetings at the airport, without necessarily going into the city upon arrival. The availability of the conference facility offers an opportunity to do business and return on that same day and within hours.
The facility is as well expected to boost ease of doing business as far as travel was concerned, without compromising security and safety of patrons.
The company, Mr McKorley said, will offer direct employment to over 400 Ghanaians with more prospects for further intake in the future upon expansion of services.
“McDan Aviation would also sub-let services such as the cleaning of its aircraft and terminals, as well as baggage handling, to other businesses, which would also create many indirect jobs” he noted.
Former Minister of Information and media executive, Oboshie Sai-Cofie at the launch, commended the resilience of the McDan Group in making relevant business decisions that positively affect many people in the value chain.
She said the decision of McDan Aviation to open the terminal, would further open Ghana to the world, thereby setting a standard where business leaders would have the opportunity to meet and do business.
“The momentum of the McDan Group and the decision to open the first private jet terminal in the country, would also solidify Ghana’s position as an investment and tourism haven in the sub region. Pacesetting is definitely the way to go and innovation in business to satisfy demands of the local and international market is key,” she said.
Notable dignitaries who graced the occasion include, Ga Mantse – Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, CEO of Despite Media Group, Dr Osei Kwame Despite and Dr Ofori Sarpong, politicians, business leaders, CEOs and members of the diplomatic community in Ghana.