22nd Jan 2018 | Elizabeth Sasu
The Kotoka International Airport Lease Agreement has been signed by both the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) and the Lands Commision.
The plotting of boundaries to clearly delineate the KIA lands is expected to be undertaken in the coming weeks by the Lands Commission.
Managing Director of GACL, Mr. John Dekyem Attafuah, at the just-ended Annual General Meeting of the company said: “The regularization of title to all airport lands under the management and control of the company, will place the company in a better position to protect the lands against encroachers. This will ultimately enhance GACL’s mandate of managing and operating airports in a safe and secure manner.
Illegal developments near the security zone of the Kotoka International Airport pose a threat to the safe landing of flights.
The minimum buffer from the end of the runway towards East Legon ought to be 1200 meters by internationally accepted standards. It ought to be clear of all human activity.
The area has, however, been encroached upon, with some developers coming as close as 300 meters to the end of the runway.
The KIA Security Zone stretches from El-Wak Traffic lights to the Air Force Base at Burma Camp on the northern side, and from the Air Force Base to Mante Tsuru, on the western side.
The southern side extends from Mante Tsuru, crossing the Tema Motorway to the VHF Omni Directional Radio Range sited at East Legon close to the under pass; and the eastern boundary extends from the boundary with Action Chapel through the new airport by-pass, stretching through the Polo Grounds to the Airport roundabout and straight to El-Wak traffic lights.
The Accident Potential Zone extends from the end of the runway at KIA to the VOR sited about 200 meters north of the East Legon Underpass. The existing and on-going developments around the VOR possess a danger to safe flight operations.
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