Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport new Terminal 3 in Accra, will serve as a model for many countries in African countries to follow, because of its modernised infrastructure, Chief Officer of thyssenkrupp, a German multinational engineering conglomerate, Mauro Carneiro has said.
Mr. Carneiro, whose company was one of the key partners for the project, which was recently opened to traffic, said: “Ghana has truly set an example for all its African peers in infrastructure development and urbanisation. In fact, the Ghana Vision 2020 serves as a springboard for the country’s development by envisioning it as the first African country, apart from South Africa, to become a developed country between 2020 and 2029, and to be a newly industrialised country between 2030 and 2039.”
He noted that a differentiating strength of the airport is the extensive use of advanced technology, emphasizing that the Terminal 3 has several impressive features that serve as a benchmark for similar developments in the region.
According to him, sustaining and building a strong aviation industry is important to improving commuter experience, adding that a passenger seldom forgets the experience of entering and exiting a country.
“Amidst the time taken to get to the airport, the baggage drop off, the security check, and the walk to the departure gate – having to take a bus to the airplane or effortlessly stepping onto a passenger boarding bridge could mean the difference between a great airport experience and a less-than pleasant one,” he added.
Among the leading companies that have supported the airport’s development is thyssenkrupp, which has deployed technologically advanced passenger boarding bridges (PBBs), elevators and escalators, thereby giving a new face to Ghana’s urban mobility.
thyssenkrupp has a strong foothold in Africa and in fact, has been involved in the mobility of the second terminal of Accra airport as well.
“Our contribution to Terminal 3 marks a continuation of our commitment to boosting mobility in the airport through advanced solutions that ensure passengers, airport operators and airlines experience the most efficient and stress-free arrivals and departures,” Mr. Carneiro indicated.
With the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimating global passenger numbers to double to 7.2 billion by 2035, thyssenkrupp said it will continue to invest in digitalised, intelligent systems that can improve passenger flows, aircraft turnaround times, and gate safety and security.
“We understand the new-age mobility needs and are transforming our solutions to help make cities the best places to live. Through unprecedented innovations, we are helping to shape an industry that moves more than 1 billion people each day”.
He added “Our rich legacy and our relentless investment in R&D and innovative technologies have cemented our position as a global leader in innovation, efficiency, safety, customized solutions and services for airports and urban mobility. In fact, across the world, our solutions help seamlessly move 1.8 billion people through our passenger boarding bridges every year – and we are bringing such proven world-class technology to Ghana at Terminal 3.”
“This is where we come in to make the passenger experience unforgettable. We innovate tirelessly and invest continually to give passengers a seamless mobility experience in elevators, escalators and PBBs,” Mr. Carneiro further stated.
He revealed that Ghana’s tallest residential building, The Alto (Villagio); Legon Teaching Hospital; the largest market in West Africa in Kumasi, Kejetia Central market; and the Kumasi Military hospital are all powered with state-of-the-art products by thyssenkrupp.
“We are committed to supporting the urbanization and industrialization in Ghana and West Africa by further building local partnerships, underpinned by our successful track record. Ghana has evolved a lot over the years and we are happy to be part of this historic transformation,” he stated.
Specifications of the new terminal
Terminal 3 of Kotoka International Airport has five levels spread across an area of 48,268 sq. metres; a large retail area of 7,000 sq. metres, a Commercially Important Person (CIP) terminal, 707 car parking slots and an entirely new road network.
It builds on the historical legacy of the Accra airport, which has been active since 1958 for commercial purposes with more than 2,294,689 passengers flying through the airport till date.
The airport connects people to more than 30 destinations with major international carriers’ already operating service from the new terminal seamlessly. With the opening of Terminal 3, more than 5 million passengers are expected to travel through the airport annually.
The airport is further expected to contribute to the economic growth of Ghana and Africa at large. The country is well-known for its diverse wildlife, old forts and secluded beaches and natural beauty, which makes it a desirable destination for tourists.