The Ghana Airports Company Limited's (GACL)flagship project at the Kotoka International Airport, Terminal 3 (T3), is nearing its completion stage.
The Minister of Aviation, Ghana, Madam Cecilia Dapaah with the media toured the Terminal 3 facility on the 21st of March, 2018 (that was the 4th visit to the edifice by the Minister) to ascertain the level of work done and if the deadline given by the contractors to handover the project to the GACL was going to be possible.
After the tour, the Minister was quite impressed with the level of work done at the project site and hoped it was going to place Ghana on the map as the aviation hub for West Africa.
The project started on the 30th of October 2015, with an investment of $250 million and it is due to be completed in April, 2018 and handed over by MAPA Construction MNG Holding to the Ghana Airport Company Limited.
The new terminal will comprise five levels spread across an area of 48,268metre square and semi closed areas for the Baggage Makeup Areas of 28,260metre square. The ultramodern facility has a capacity to handle about five (5) million passengers a year, will be able to process 1,250 passengers per hour. It has six boarding bridges and 7 links which can be eepanded to 8 in the future. The edifice has a large retail area of about 7000metre square, a CIP terminal and 707 car parking space and a aroad network.
On the level 1 and 2, there is the arrivals hall, which has 24 immigration counters, 4 E-gate positions that can be expanded to 6. It has 4 inclined carousels which is 80m long which canl also be expanded in the future, a fully automated baggage handling system designed in accordance with the latest European Civil Aviation Conference Hold Baggage Screening (ECAC HBS) requirements expected to handle 3000 bags per hour.
Level 3 handles the departure hal. They are 56 check-in desks, 30 passport control counters, with 4E-gate positions, 8 central screening security lanes and 22 Airline Ticketing offices. It also has a prescreening area, 1 Business lounge, 6 Boarding gates and 2 Bus Boarding Lounges.
The Mezzanine floor is on the level 4. This is where the food court is located. This floor is far different from the other terminals. Family members can stay and enjoy their goodbyes before boarding which is not in the other terminals.
The last level, Level 5, houses 2 Business lounges.
Madam Dapaah cautioned the GACL and contractors to add a playroom and a place for nursing mothers to take care of their children as they wait to board their flight.
She further advised the travelling public to appreciate what has gone into the edifice to make it one of the best in West Africa and maintain it well.
A warning was sent to smugglers and narcotic handlers to desist from using the Kotoka International Airport because they will be caught with the introduction of modified screening machines that will be used at Terminal 3.
The Managing Director of GACL, Mr John Attafuah, said the that the project was almost completed and they hope the contractors will handover to them by the end of April. It was his expectation that, after the handing over, the remedial works and commissioning will be done within two months to allow the president commission it in the third quarter of 2018 and ready to use.