Kotoka International Airport traffic on the rise as a new terminal readies to open in October

This new facility will provide more room for airlines and quick processing for passengers going through the Kotoka International Airport.

Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport in Accra is set to undergo some final simulation checks as it prepares to open with some 1,000 passengers.

The Aviation Minister of Ghana Cecilia Dapaah says the terminal is scheduled for inauguration later in October this year.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 12 Routes Africa Conference in Accra, the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company, John Attafuah, stated that the success of the trial will determine the readiness of the new terminal for public use.

Mr Attafuah said: “We’ll handle about a thousand passengers; they’ll pretend that they are travelling, check them in, get their packages through the baggage handling system to make sure that the baggage handling system in terminal 3 is very modern, it’s not like terminal 2 where we carry it outside to the baggage makeup area; now, it is all going to be controlled by the computer, so, we need to test all those things.”

“So, we have this major simulation coming up, we’ll have two and when everything works well, then we know that we’re ready to open the terminal.”

The new terminal can boast of 56 check-in desks, 30 passport control centres and 80 security lanes. The arrival area has 24 immigration counters and four electronic gates (e-gate).

The facility is also equipped with a fully automated baggage handling system to handle both destination and transit luggage at 3,500 bags an hour.

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