President John Dramani Mahama, last Friday cut sod for the commencement of the phase two of the Ho Airport project.
The president in September 2014, broke the ground for the 25-million-dollar Ho aerodrome project funded by the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL).
Features of the 1,500 acre land, airport would comprise of 1,900 metres runway, air traffic control tower, 1,150 capacity passenger waiting area, ultramodern air bus terminal and automatic fire detection systems.
The project which is being executed by Amandi Holding Limited, will be completed March 2017, to boost economic activities and tourism in the Volta Region
The Ho Airport Development Project, will also directly provide employment within the air transport industry, including airport management, aircraft maintenance, air traffic control, and meteorological services.
This will also provide employment for ancillary support services- aviation fuel, construction companies, manufacturers of goods sold in airport retail outlets, car rental companies and a wide variety of activities in the business services sector.
The Ho Airport, will open up the Volta Region, facilitate air travel, boost agriculture, and boost tourism and medical delivery services and also enhance the socio-economic development of the region as a whole.
As part of the design of the airport, the Town and Country Planning Department, working together with the Ghana Airports Company Limited, are planning an airport city for both residential, entertainment and commercial purposes to be situated side by side with the airport.
Addressing the Chiefs and people of the Volta Region ,President Mahama, assured them of the government determination to making sure that promises made to the people, is fulfilled and projects started is completed on time.
He pleaded with the people of the Volta region to disregard the propaganda by the opposition that, the governing NDC, had abandoned the Region.
President Mahama, assured the people of the region a lot of projects is ongoing in the region and it is his hope that Volta region, becomes a hub of tourism in west Africa
“Even when they eyes to see the developmental projects in the region, they still deceive the people that there is no development going on,” President Mahama said
He said, government would make sure that developmental projects comes to the region as promised by the governing NDC “We will never neglect Volta region,” he concluded
The Minister for Transport, Fiffi Fiavi Kwetey, called for prudence maintenance culture by management, when the project is finally completed.
He also assured the people that, the airport authority would continue provide the needed aviation infrastructure under the Transport Ministry to
boost economic activities.
The Volta Region, is noted for its vast tourist attractions and its unique geographical location. The decision, therefore to develop a domestic airport here in Ho, will enhance the tourism potential of the region.
On completion, the airport is expected to accommodate up to ATR 72 aircraft or its equivalent and will allow direct domestic flights to the other
airports in the country and also serve as an emergency landing point whenever the need arises.
The layout, also makes provision for other business activities, including hotels, conferencing facilities, shops, restaurants, office complexes and health facilities.
Phase one of the project, has the following facilities, a runway dimension of 1,900 meters long and 30 meters wide, Aprons or aircraft parking stands, Air Traffic Control tower, Passenger Terminal Building capable of accommodating 150,000 passengers a year , Baggage handling systems, Boarding gates CCTV.
Others include, Automatic Fire Detection systems, VIP and VVIP facilities, Firefighting and water storage facilities, Adequate parking for all vehicles.
The second phase when completed, will have the following, Terminal building designed to take one hundred and fifty thousand a year, a commercial area consisting and shops.
Underground fire fighting, water storing tank, security fence, a substation and Air traffic control tower.