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CENTRAL REGION AIPORT DEVELOPMENT

2023-02-03

The Central Region, which is a major tourism destination in the country, given its rich history and UNESCO World Heritage castles sited along the coast, is only accessible to tourists by road. Connecting with the regional capital, Cape Coast, from Accra is hampered by heavy vehicular traffic. It takes about three (3) hours to connect from Accra, and about an hour from Takoradi (Western Region) on a typical weekend when many people usually travel for tourism and social events.

Cape Coast played a crucial role in the success of the Year of Return (YoR) held in Ghana, a programme that brought about an increase of over 200,000 in total arrivals into the country in 2019. A total of US$1.9 billion in revenue was generated into the economy through activities related to YoR.

The Central Region currently has no commercial airport, while the military airport in Takoradi is used for scheduled commercial flights. The Western Region is one of the country’s most endowed areas and the oil hub. The region also hosts a lot of foreign companies operating in the mining, manufacturing and other sectors.

Presenting the 2023 Budget to Parliament, Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, gave the clearest indication that one airport will be constructed to serve both regions. He said that a draft feasibility report on the Central/Western Region Airport had been submitted and was being subjected to stakeholder engagement. This is part of government’s economic transformation agenda to give a strong boost to intra-Africa trade through the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA).

On February 1, the consultants to the airport development project, Ayeh and Ayeh Consulting Engineers & Environmental Scientists, through the Central Regional Coordinating Council (CRCC) invited Heads of Departments, Traditional Authorities, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Central Region Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and the media for a public stakeholders meeting on the project.  

In her welcome address, the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Marigold Assan indicated that the airport development project remained a key to turning around the fortunes of the Central Region owing to its enormous socio-economic benefit especially in the area of tourism and recreation. She therefore called for a stronger collaboration and support from all stakeholders to make it a reality.

Mr Leslie Alex Ayeh of Ayeh and Ayeh Consult made a technical presentation on progress of work and gave the following highlights:

The airport will focus on tourism, cargo handling and be a centre of excellence for aircraft repairs and maintenance. The result of an environmental baseline and geophysical studies conducted at six different site at Cape Coast, Komenda and Takoradi, suggested a site at Komenda as the best location for the project. The Takoradi-Cape Coast Highway would be converted to a double carriageway as part of the project to ease commuting between both cities. In the long term, a railway line would be constructed to link the carry goods to and from the Airport to the Takoradi Harbour. An aviation school would be established to provide to provide air transport training for effective civil aviation management services.

In the open forum, the Ag. Executive Director, Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM), Nicole Ama Abraham, reminded the consultants to factor the Komenda Sugar Factory plantation site into the finalization of the airport siting since the two projects were located close to each other.

 

On the way forward, stakeholders were informed that the consultants will undertake follow-up visits to the selected site to engage with traditional authorities, property owners and dwellers for detailed discussions on the acquisition of the land.