KIA, Africa’s best in air transport

The Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has emerged the best improved facility in safety for airports that handle less than 50,000 air traffic movements annually, in Africa.

Conferred on it by the Airports Council International (ACI), Africa, at an awards ceremony in Mauritius for 2017, the KIA was also honoured with the topmost award for the airport’s contribution to Airport Excellence in safety programmes.

The ACI, which is a global trade representative of the world’s airport authorities, established in 1991, develops standards, policies and recommends practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities, to raise standards around the world.

The ACI aims to provide the public a safe, secure, efficient and an environmentally responsible air transport system.

Presenting the awards to KIA, the Aviation Minister, Cecilia Abena  Dapaah, in Accra on Monday, the Managing Director (MD) of the Ghana Airports Company Limited, John Dekyem Attafuah, said the achievement was a testimony of the company’s efforts at making air travel safe.

According to the MD, as the company has made efforts to expand its tentacles across the country, safety and security would be the cornerstone of its operations.

Mr Attafuah said the company would work harder to bring the country more laurels in the air aviation space.

Ghana, he said, had what it takes, including personnel to make the country the aviation hub of the West Africa sub region.

Madam Dapaah, receiving the award, said government remained committed to supporting the airport company.

She said Ghana remained the beacon in aviation for  West Africa, adding that the company was “pursuing excellence.”

Madam Dapaah urged for effective collaboration between industry players to give meaning to the award.

“I commend you to strive higher. We are solidly behind you in whatever you are doing so that we will all achieve glory and success,” she stated.


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