“Sunyani Airport 1st Phase is set for Commissioning” – Transport Minister

“Sunyani Airport 1st Phase is set for Commissioning” – Transport Minister

The first phase of the rehabilitation and expansion of the Sunyani Airport is almost completed waiting for official commissioning by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister for Transport has assured the Sunyani Airport will soon begin domestic flight operations this year since the first phase is completed.

He said now that the first phase is done, a ground-breaking ceremony will be performed by the President for work to begin on the second phase of the project.

The transport minister said this during an inspection of the progress of the work on the facility in Sunyani, where he was highly impressed with the work done so far, particularly on the runway, and commended the contractors for the good work.

However, Mr. Asiamah expressed worry about the level of encroachment on the airport’s land, saying discussions were ongoing between the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), traditional authorities, and the encroachers to help resolve the situation.

He cautioned estate developers, individuals, and all potential land buyers to be vigilant in order not to encroach on the remaining land at the Airport.

The Minister was accompanied by Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunyani East, and some senior officials of the Ghana Airport Company Limited and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.

Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister indicated that the commissioning of the facility would open the region for rapid socio-economic growth and development.

“It has always been hectic for people in the region to travel long hours to Accra by land, it is my hope that people will patronize the facility to enhance domestic air transport,” she said.

The Regional Minister was positive that the facility would be commissioned for commercial flight operation within the next two weeks, saying Passion and other domestic airlines were all ready to commence operations in Sunyani.

The Sunyani Airport was originally constructed as an Airstrip and later upgraded into an airport in 1969 and it currently has a total runway length of about 1,520.

In 2015, GACL and the GCAA shut down the airport as a precautionary measure to forestall disaster.