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Prempeh I Airport Goes Operational in 7 Days

The Prempeh I International Airport in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region will become operational starting on July 1, 2024, which is seven days away.

At its commissioning on May 10, 2024, the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, said the facility will be operational in June after the final Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) is conducted on the facility.

A few days before the end of June, the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) has announced in a statement that the new Terminal building will be operational in July.

“Management of Ghana Airports Company Limited is pleased to announce that the new Terminal building at Prempeh I International Airport, Kumasi will be operationalized on Monday, 1st July 2024.”

Ahead of that, it says it will conduct a series of subsystem simulations followed by two (2) full-scale integrated simulations of all processes and systems in the new terminal building from June 25, 2024, to June 30, 2024.

“The objective is to ensure that all systems, equipment, and staff are fully prepared to operate efficiently and effectively and also to manage risks associated with the transfer of operations from the old terminal to the new Terminal building.”

Additionally, the Management of the company said there will be three live flights from the new terminal building from June 28 to 30 in line with the operationalization process.

The new terminal building includes the capacity to handle 800,000 passengers per annum, process 200 passengers per hour, 2 passenger boarding bridges, a Presidential lounge and three (3) other lounges; four (4) Boarding Gates; four (4) Self-Service Check-in Kiosks; nine (9) Check-in Desks; and sixteen (16) Immigration booths.

It also has Airline and Staff offices, a large Commercial Retail area, a Currency Declaration office, a Forex Bureau, a visa-on-arrival facility, an automated car park, a Multipurpose Faith room, a dedicated area for unaccompanied minors, modern Baggage Handling Systems and a Medical Facility among others.

Following the commissioning of the facility, some countries, including Trinidad and Tobago and Bulgaria, have shown interest in operating direct flights to Ghana.

The UK has also served notice about its eagerness to increase exports through the state-of-the-art facility.


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