The Akufo-Addo administration has hinted of building a new airport in the Western Region, Ghana’s oil and gas hub, in a bid to open up the region to tourists and investors.
This was disclosed by the Aviation Minister,Cecilia Dapaah, who was in the region to inspect an 8,000 acres land for the project.
He told the media after inspecting the land: “The purpose for viewing this land is to see whether we can use it for an airport. This is not an airstrip but an airport, a passenger-inclined airport.
“And if I say passengers, I mean tourists, business people, and we the royal people of Ghana to make sure we open up this country in line with the vision of President Akufo-Addo to open Ghana up to investors and for tourists.
“We are now going to the drawing board because it is one thing sitting in Accra talking [and another] investing in a place or opening up the Western Region by doing a passenger airport to complement what the Air Force Base is doing.”
The latest decision comes as the government announced plans o construct an airstrip in Bolgatanga, the capital of the Upper East Region.
According to Cecelia Dapaah, the airstrip was needed to open up the region to business and tourism opportunities.
“We need to do an airstrip in Bolgatanga to facilitate easy movement from around the country to Bolgatanga for business activities and tourist attractions. So we are assessing the proposed site in Sherigu, a suburb of Bolgatanga for the technical men from the Ministry of Aviation to come to do the assessment of the construction of the airstrip and subsequently an Airport.”
Currently, two airstrips are under construction in the Volta and Upper West Regions.