The Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, has given hints about plans to set up a dedicated cargo terminal at Tamale Airport to serve as a cargo handling facility for all airlines operating in Ghana.
He said a cargo terminal in northern Ghana will ease transportation of goods to other parts of the country and neighbouring countries.
Mr Adda said this during a tour of cargo handling companies operating at Kotoka International Airport in Accra. The tour was intended to give the newly appointed Minister an opportunity to be abreast of cargo handlers operations.
The cargo companies were Swissport, Menzies Aviation Handling Services, Aviance Cargo Village and the Institute of Freight Forwarders.
In an interview with journalists after the tour, Mr Adda said that if greater attention is given to the cargo aspect of aviation operations, this could have a far-reaching economic impact on Ghana.
Given the volume of cargo that passes through the facility each day, it would prudent for expansion works to be done now to ease congestion, he said.
It was in this direction that the Minister expressed satisfaction about the scope of work by the airport’s ground handling services.
Mr Adda was impressed by the modern equipment the companies, and particularly Swissport, are using to process cargo. He assured them that the government will consider their concerns with the attention they deserve, as it is working hard to make Ghana the aviation hub of West Africa.
He was also confident that Ghana Airports Company would continue to play a pivotal role in discussions to find solutions to outstanding issues.
Traffic is up
Generally, the three companies complained about the lack of space; this is hampering their operations as the volume of cargo has been appreciating day by day.
Kotoka International Airport has experienced increased passenger and cargo traffic since the opening in September of Terminal 3, which offers world-class-standard facilities.
International flights have increased and the volume of domestic flights has doubled. Cargo and chartered services have also experienced a major boost.
Source: PATRICK KWAME ABROKWAH-DJAMPEM