July 19, 2018

Minister of Aviation, Cecilia Dapaah has said to Parliament that the Sunyani Airport would be reopened for business by the fourth quarter of 2019.

According to the Minister Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) has strategized to use Internally Generated Funds (IGF) for the rehabilitation, due to its current weak financial position.

He further added that rehabilitation work would end in the fourth quarter of 2019 to pave way for the recommencement of commercial activities.

In March of 2016 commercial operations at the Sunyani airport seized due to poor nature of the pavement among other inherent challenges.

The Ministry through the Ghana Airports Company Limited initiated steps to rehabilitate the runway and plans for its extension in addition to tackling encroachment on airport lands.

She further told the House that the final date for expression of interest, 18th of April 2018 was published in the Daily Graphic.

Six firms were shortlisted, waiting for approval from the Entity Tender Committee (ETC) then request for proposal would be issued to the six shortlisted firms for the next stage of the procurement process.

The chief of Nsoatre had given 300 acres of land for a long term plan to develop a new airport at Sunyani in line with Government’s plan to open up and connect the country for socio-economic development through construction of airports, airstrips and helipads across the country, she said.

Mrs. Cecilia Dapaah pointed out that Government would continue to show leadership and guidance for the development of the nations aviation industry and would continue to rely on the support of Parliament to enable them achieve their objectives and goals.

The scope of work includes, remodeling and design of existing terminal building, design of runway link taxiway passenger apron and all the associated ancillary facilities, the Minister told the House.

Member of Parliament for Dormaa West Ali Maiga Halidu wanted to know when the Sunyani airport will be opened for public use as the closure was hampering the economic activities in the Region.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com