New road networks, overhead bridges and light Railways are to be constructed within the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) enclave to make movement within the terminals and the Airport City 1 and 2 easier.
The proposed transport networks are also to ease the growing traffic congestion within the enclave at peak hours – 6am-10am and 5pm-10pm daily.
“We intend to construct new road networks, overhead bridges, and deploy light trains that will make it easier for passengers to move from one terminal to the other; and from the terminals to Airport City 1 and the upcoming Airport City 2,” said the Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda.
The Kotoka International Airport has three terminals — Terminal 1, 2 and the recently-inaugurated Terminal 3. Airport City 1 is also within the KIA enclave.
Airport City I, which is now home to major architectural masterpieces, is one of the most sought-after business districts in the capital. It hosts world-class hotels such as Holiday Inn and Marriot Hotel among others, corporates offices of various multinationals companies, and a shopping mall.
The National Communications Authority (NCA) building, The Manet Towers, Silver Star Towers and the One Airport Square, among others, are some of the major developments in the Airport City I project. However, there are no linkages between these facilities – hence the need to improve the general transport network of the area so passengers can get to their designated terminals early enough and not miss their flights.
B&FT analysis of airlines’ passenger volumes last year shows there is a growing trend of airline passengers who either do not show up at all or show up after check-in counters of various airlines have closed and requisite documentations submitted to authorities in preparation for take-off – due to the heavy vehicular traffic in and around the KIA enclave during evening peak hours.
A major European carrier recorded as many as 400 ‘no-show’ passengers in one month. For long-haul carriers operating flights from Accra to Europe, North America, Asia and Middle East, an average of 200 ‘no-show’ passengers per month was recorded.
Based on the pattern of ‘no-shows’, airlines also overbook their flights to cover for the prospect of passengers simply not showing up for their flights at the last minute.
The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) has also indicated that constriction of Airport City II is also to begin soon, as it seeks to boost its non-aeronautical revenue.
The Airport City II project is expected to be constructed within the airport enclave – the right side of the stretch from the Big Six Circle toward the Polo Grounds. It will comprise a mixed-use location for hotels, offices, multi-storey car park, shops and many more of such facilities.