International airlines apply for direct flights to Kumasi International Airport

The Kumasi Airport

Several international airlines have expressed their interest in operating direct flights to Kumasi International Airport, signalling the growing importance of Kumasi as a travel destination and transport hub.

This interest has been partly driven by the increasing number of passengers arriving at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, who then continue their journey to Kumasi, as well as the improved infrastructure that now meets international standards.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Alhassan Tampuli, revealed this development during a celebratory event marking Air France’s 90 years of global service. He emphasized the government’s commitment to enhancing Kumasi International Airport’s facilities to accommodate these airlines once their applications receive approval.

“The work on aviation infrastructure is primarily focused on Kumasi Airport but includes all regional facilities and Kotoka International Airport,” said the Deputy Minister, highlighting the government’s comprehensive approach to aviation development. “We are also targeting work at domestic terminals.”

Mr. Tampuli outlined the government’s aspiration to make Ghana the regional hub for these airlines and passengers, emphasizing the impact of infrastructure expansion on the increase in scheduled flights by international carriers to Accra.

In an interview, he further stated that the number of passengers flying to Accra has now exceeded pre-pandemic levels, with over one million arrivals. This resurgence is attributed to the rise in scheduled flights and government policies designed to enhance aviation infrastructure in the country.

Additionally, the Deputy Minister disclosed that they have received applications from airlines in Spain and Italy seeking direct flights to Accra, affirming Ghana’s growing appeal in the international travel sector.

Addressing passenger concerns, Mr. Tampuli mentioned digital advancements that have streamlined the departure and arrival processes at Kotoka International Airport. Travelers are no longer required to fill out forms when departing from or arriving in Ghana, simplifying the process and reducing the number of steps from 13 to 4.

During the event, the French Ambassador to Ghana, Jules Armand Aniambossou, celebrated the close economic and political ties between Ghana and France and highlighted the role of Air France in strengthening these relationships. He noted that French business investments in Ghana have surpassed $2 million, and he anticipates further growth in the near future.

Country Manager for Air France-KLM, Mees Van Ojik, shared that Air France now operates direct flights from Paris to Accra without stopovers in Burkina Faso. Furthermore, Air France is expanding its direct flights to Accra by adding three new flights each week.

Mr. Ojik also announced a special offer, providing a 15% discount on flights booked using their anniversary code, reinforcing Air France’s commitment to serving passengers and enhancing their travel experience.


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