An amount of $500 million will invested in expanding the Tamale Airport in the northern region.
Mrs. Anita Adjei Nmashie, The Manager of Aerodrome, Safety and Standards of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), disclosed that $ 500 million has been earmarked for the expansion of the Tamale Airport.
She said a team made up of the GCAA, the 4th Infantry Engineering Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Air Force has visited the Paga Airstrip in the Upper East Region to conduct feasibility studies.
The studies, she said will help to realign and reduce obstacles on the runway to make way for commercial use in the near future.
The facility is intended to facilitate medical evacuation in the region to other parts of the country, boost commercial activities and also easily link the region to other regions and neighbouring countries.
Part of the $500 million will be used to develop the Paga Airstrip to boost the transportation industry in the region, she indicated.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo, called on the people living around the airstrip to co-operate for work to go on.
He said though the land was paid for by government before the World War II, the people who will be affected in the process of expanding the area will be compensated after the completion of the facility.
He stressed that there will be a cold storage facility that will store vegetables produced by farmers in the region for easy airlifting to the southern part of the country.
The Wing Commander of the Ghana Armed Forces, Frank Hanson, stated that the airstrip can be used as it is now but will be limited to some specific aircraft.