The Aviation Ministry has described as untrue reports of planned privatization of the Kotoka International Airport.
According to the Ministry, the government is only considering an offer to partner the Ghana Airports Company Limited “to provide management services to manage the financial and operational functions for the development of the GACL.”
The Ministry in a press release said the ministry has no plans to approve the privatization or sale of the Kotoka International Airport.
“Cabinet has not been requested, neither has the Ministry of Aviation submitted a Cabinet Memorandum recommending approval for the privatization or sale of the Kotoka International Airport.”
“The Honourable sector Minister is yet to be appropriately advised on best available options in response to the offer being made, after which Cabinet may be requested to approve a recommended option if one is agreed upon.”
A draft memo to Cabinet sighted by Citi News and widely circulated in the media indicated that a private company, Tav Airport Holding Company limited, was being considered for a terminal management contract or a concession agreement for the airport, which handles an average of 4,706 passengers daily.
But the ministry has denied the report.
The statement said it will hold broader consultation with key stakeholders in the aviation sector in due course if an appropriate option is agreed upon.
The Ministry added that it is committed to protecting the assets of intuitions under its control including the Ghana Airports Company Limited to enhance their value and improve the aviation sector.
Ghana Airports Company Limited is the current manager of the airport and it was established as a result of the decoupling of the existing Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The company was registered in January 2006 with specific responsibility for planning, developing, managing and maintaining all airports and aerodromes in Ghana including Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Kumasi Airport, Tamale Airport, Sunyani Airport, Ho Airport, Wa airstrip as well as various Airstrips.
Ghana Airports Company Limited is an implementing agency under the Ministry of Aviation and has been operational since 2007.