President John Dramani Mahama commissioned the first phase of the Ho Airport project last Friday.
The project includes a 1,600metre runway with width of 45metres, a taxi way, an apron and two parking base for aircraft.
The President’s helicopter touched down on the tarmac at 1300 hours to a rousing welcome from the people, most of whom were clad in National Democratic Congress (NDC) party paraphernalia.
President Mahama stated the resolve of his government to turn the country into an aviation hub in West Africa and called for support from all.
He said the government had reduced aviation fuel to 25 per cent and was rebuilding and expanding aerodromes and airports towards positioning the country for that status.
President Mahama said the Ho airport and that of Wa, in the Upper West Region would be opened for commercial flights next year.
The President who also cut the sod for commencement of work on the second phase of the Ho project, expressed the hope that the airport would boost trade and tourism in the Region.
Mr. Fiifi Kwetey, the Minister of Transport said the completion of phase one of the project showed the government’s commitment to opening up the country for massive development.
Togbui Kasa III, Chief of Ho Ahoe expressed gratitude to President Mahama and appealed for more projects in the Region.
The second phase of the Ho airport project comprises a terminal with an air traffic control tower, a commercial area, rescue and firefighting station and an electrical power substation.