For the past year, four new carriers have commenced operations at Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
KIA also saw the introduction of the Accra-Atlanta route by Delta Airlines, as well as the introduction of a third boarding gate.
The Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Mrs Doreen Owusu Fianko, said this on Thursday, at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which was held by the GACL in Accra.
She said the increase in the number of airlines operating at the KIA was an endorsement of the world’s confidence in the Ghanaian economy, especially in the wake of the oil and gas find, “which is a catalyst for growth in airline passenger and cargo traffic”.
“I must confess that at GACL, we are greatly challenged with these new developments, but we are already poised for this challenge and putting the necessary facilities in place to handle all these flights into KIA,” she said.
Touching on the year ahead, the GACL Managing Director said there were plans to upgrade the baggage handling systems, provide two additional boarding gates, refurbish washrooms and remodel the Domestic Terminal to handle international operations.
“Final designs for the terminal expansion would be completed by the end of the year and construction should start well before the end of next year, all things being equal,” she said.
Mrs Fianko said works were expected to improve passenger comfort “and we are therefore seeking the co-operation of all users of the airport to make these projects possible”.
The Rev Dr Isaac Quaye, Overseer of the Word of Life Christian Centre, said in a sermon, that the birth of the lord Jesus Christ had brought about change that positively affected a number of people all over the world.
He said in the spirit of Christmas which was the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, people had to endeavour to effect change that was beneficial to others as well as their own selves.
“Instead of always criticising others, make it a point to contribute in your own small way towards the development and progress of the country and the world at large,” he said.
The event dubbed: “Bronya-Live the experience,” was to bring alive the Christmas season at the KIA by creating lots of fun and excitement for all users of the facility.