An additional apron area and associated taxiway will also be constructed as part of the project by the second half of 2020.

Existing facilities at the airport

Kumasi International Airport currently features a single terminal and a runway. Built in December 1993, the existing terminal is used for both international and domestic arrivals and departures. It features security checkpoints, retail and commercial spaces, and parking areas.

The single asphalt-paved runway, designated as Runway 02/20, has a length of 6,502ft (1,981m) and a width of 148ft (45m).

The landing and take-off distances of the runway are 6,502ft (1,981m) and 7,242ft (2,207m) respectively. The overrun length is 740ft (226m) and the load bearing capacity is 15t.

Kumasi International Airport history

The construction of Kumasi airport was approved in 1940 and operations were started in 1943. Airside operations at the airport were streamlined by the Ghanaian government with a series of development activities carried out on the runway between 1958 and 1959.

The airport underwent main renovations such as installation of lights on the taxiway and extension of the runway southwards during the 1970s.

Further lighting system installation, runway extension, and construction of a new terminal building were completed by 1993 under a modernisation project, which also involved installation of VHF omni-directional range (VOR) and distance measuring equipment (DME).

The airport served as a military base until it was converted into a domestic airport in 1999. It was declared as an international airport in 2003.