The Kumasi International Airport, Ghana’s second busiest domestic airport, is to get a new Automatic Weather Observation System (AWOS) in 2023, ahead of the opening of the newly-constructed airport terminal. Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, is the busiest domestic destination, and it is served by both Passion Air and Africa World Airlines (AWA).
The acquisition and installation of the Automatic Weather Observation System by the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) in Kumasi is in line with international standards required for the airport to be the second international airport in the country.
“GMet refurbished the only working Automatic Weather Observation System (AWOS) at Kotoka International Airport (KIA),” Aviationghana.com has indicated.
In 2023, the GMet will procure and install an AWOS at Kumasi Airport to ensure compliance with [the] International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and World Meteorological Organisation standards and protocols,” as contained in the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2023 Financial Year.
When completed to become operational, the Kumasi Airport will serve as an alternative to the Kotoka International Airport.
At least, three international airlines have expressed their readiness to operate directly to and from the Kumasi Airport when the new terminal building is inaugurated and opened for scheduled flights, AviationGhana.com has indicated.
Construction of a new terminal building and other ancillary works at the Kumasi Airport are nearing completion, according to AviationGhana after a visit to the facility recently.
The project, valued at about US$300 million, comprises the extension of the runway from 1,981m to 2,300m to accommodate Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, construction of a new two-story ultra-modern terminal, construction of additional aprons, restaurants, shopping and parking areas, and a ring road around the airport.
It’s expected that the new terminal will have the capacity to handle one million passengers per annum.
The expansion project was part of the multi-modal transportation system being developed by the government to enhance tourism in the Ashanti Region.