Akufo-Addo commissions Sunyani Airport Phase I


Akufo-Addo commissions Sunyani Airport Phase I

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo today Wednesday, August 3, 2022, commissioned Phase I of the Sunyani Airport Rehabilitation Project.

Akufo-Addo arrives in Sunyani for the commissioning

Soon after the successfully commissioning, the President took to his official facebook page to inform the good people of Ghana about the good news which was captured by yours truly.

He wrote:

On Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, I commissioned Phase I of the Sunyani Airport Rehabilitation Project.

First plane to officially land at the newly commissioned airport

The rehabilitation of this airport is a critical part of government’s vision to expand the frontiers of the aviation industry in the country, and to realise the dream of making Ghana an aviation hub in West Africa.

The scope of works included the rehabilitation and extension of the runway from one thousand, two hundred and eighty metres (1,280 metres) to one thousand four hundred metres (1,400 metres); repair of the apron to accommodate small to medium size aircraft; minimal renovation of the Terminal Building; and construction of some airport internal roads.

With these, after today’s event, the airport is open for business.

Air travel is picking up, following the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry. It is expected that domestic passenger traffic will continue to grow over the coming years, and will require more infrastructural developments in the sector.

Chiefs and people of Sunyani in a group photo with the President

There are projects currently ongoing in our nation’s aviation sector which will open up our country even further.

They are Phases II & III of the Kumasi Airport project, which are presently some ninety-three percent (93%) complete, and Phase II of Tamale Airport which is ninety-five percent (95%) complete.

Also read: Sunyani Airport ready for commissioning 

Brief history

The Sunyani Airport was built in 1969 by the Busia Government.

Former President of the Second Republic, Edward Akufo-Addo, father of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo realizing the need for an airport for Sunyani back then initiated the construction works for a complete airport to be built in the Brong-Ahafo Region, now Bono Region.

The project was finally completed and officially opened by the Acheampong regime on July 13, 1974.

53 years after its initial opening, the Sunyani Airport has been rehabilitated, given a beautiful face-lift and commissioned by the fifth president of the Forth Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Plaque unveiled by president Akufo-Addo

The airport which is now opened for business will be managed and run by the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL).

Pictures: Courtesy the Presidency.

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