Former Managing Director of Ghana Airport Company Limited, Charles Asare said Ghana was on its way to becoming a preferred aviation hub and a leader in air travel in West Africa with the start of commercial flights to West Africa. Ho and Wa airports from Accra.
Mr. Asare noted that “by developing a world-class terminal (Terminal 3) at Kotoka International Airport, rehabilitation of Tamale and Kumasi airports and the introduction of new regional airports in Ho and Wa coupled with Continuous improvement in safety and service delivery, there is no doubt that Ghana will become a privileged aviation hub in the sub-region ”.
The comment from the former GACL boss follows on from local carrier Passion Air’s announcement to begin commercial flights via Ho and Wa from Saturday, December 4, 2021.
It will be the first time that an airline will operate the route commercially after the completion of Ho Airport in 2018.
The $ 25 million project, which was due to end in September 2016, actually ended in 2018 with a 1,900-meter runway, a traffic control tower, a passenger waiting area with a capacity of of 1,150, a state-of-the-art Airbus terminal and an automatic fire detection and control system. system.
Another local carrier, Africa World Airline, carried out test flights to Ho in mid-2021 with a promise to begin commercial road travel in June 2021, but they fell short.
Operation of the route by Passion Air will reduce the journey time from about 5 hours (including traffic) from Accra to Ho by road to about 20 to 30 minutes by plane.
Coupled with the poor nature of the roads leading to the Volta region, which is an acclaimed tourist destination, the road is expected to see maximum traffic from the people of Accra who will be visiting their homes on a regular basis. and tourists who have stayed away from the area. due to the nature of the roads.
Mr Asare, speaking on an inaugural flight to Ho on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, urged Passion Air to develop more routes from Ho to other regional capitals and even to neighboring countries.