Kotoka's newest terminal is a shot in the arm of GACL's ambitions for modernizing aviation infrastructure in the country and it was about time too. We take a look at some of the stand-out features. The ones we love the most at Kotoka.city!
Design and Use of Space
The new terminal is comprised of five levels of airport real estate covering an area of aproximately 50,000 metres squared. Now this may not be able to compare to modern airports sizes in fast growing Asia and the middle-east which utilize ten times and over in airport real estate for their modern airports. For Ghana, however, this is big not only for the increase in passenger handling capacity but also for the modernization agenda and the attempt by GACL to truly upgrade and have a new look-and-feel to Ghana's aviation infrastructure and services. The very first thing a passenger notices on approach to the airport is the cool and mellow tones in design, the greenery and landscaping to the airport. It really does make Kotoka Airport feel fresh and new again. It encourages you to look around and take it all in slowly.
Food Court, Jetbridges and a new CIP Terminal
A new open food court situated in one area on the same level, level 3, is a big plus. It now means visitors and travelers will only need to remember one location to meet and dine, with all the major eatery brands and eating places now on the same floor and in one place. This should allow more of us to easily see what's on offer and without having to go too far to try something else. For the restaurateurs, a level playing field for their access to travelers and visitors. A very positive difference from Terminal 2, we feel.
The new jet-bridges at terminal 3 brings Kotoka a that bit more up to date in international airport facilities and standards. Indeed, finally, the airport also offers better end-to-end value added passenger services to travelers -not to mention the health & safety benefits to removing passengers off the tarmac as they board or disembark aircrafts. And this takes us unto the new CIP terminal nicely. A new wholly separate terminal with its own immigration and passenger handling facilities, including ones for disabled persons, that should offer yet more value added services for GACL, in addition to the usual terminal services. This is really great news for business passengers, airlines and other service providers prepared to pay a little bit more or offer more or get premium-grade access to the new terminal.
Capacity and Technology Upgrades
Surely, by far the most significant contribution that Terminal 3 brings to Kotoka must be the upgrade to its passenger handling capacity. As at 2017, and according to the GCAA - our aviation regulator, passenger numbers at Kotoka had modestly reached around two and half million per annum, with Terminal 2 handling two million of these as the former international terminal. However, it's been evident in recent years that an expansion was badly needed for the growing numbers and expected exponential growth of aviation in the region. With the new terminal able to handle five million passengers a year -expandable to six and half million- and process over a thousand passengers per hour, Terminal 3 should allow Kotoka to cater quite nicely to the current levels of throughput for international arrivals and departures and allow travelers also feel more welcome in the larger space and capacity now available. All the latest airport technology is being deployed at the new terminal in the areas of e-gates, passport control, baggage reclaim and passenger check-in and quite right too. Times are changing at Kotoka and you better believe it.
For the aspiring and emerging aviation hub that Kotoka and Ghana aviation wishes to become, T3 has brought us up to date in the region and on the continent as a whole. We can only hope you agree with us here on our first look at the new terminal's features.