Travellers who have transited the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to other first-class airports have always looked forward to the day when Ghana will boast of the state-of-the-art facility.
Issues of poor ventilation, difficulty in climbing the staircase of aircraft with hand luggage and challenges in having to struggle with checked-in bags while descending for customs clearance at the arrival hall have been the regular experience of passengers. These hurdles will soon be over as the state-of-the-art Terminal Three will be operational.
The $250 million project, which began on October 30, 2015 and was completed on June 29, 2018, can handle five million passengers per annum, thus averaging a little over 13,000 passengers a day.
A total of 1,250 passengers can be processed per hour. The facility also has an additional 7,000 square metres retail area.
The new terminal, which has five levels spreading across a land size of 48,268 square metres, has six boarding bridges, seven links which are expandable to eight in the near future, four 80-metre long electronic carousels, a 707-capacity parking lot and a new road network. MAPA Construction MNG Holding of Turkey constructed the new terminal.
A team from the Daily Graphic toured the facility on July 31, 2018 to assess its readiness to host aircraft and passengers across the globe.
Pockets of airline staff and security details were spotted undergoing training exercises at the various gates to acquaint themselves with the new facility.
The Daily Graphic toured the departure hall, which swanks of 56 check-in desks, self-service stations, 30 passport control counters with four e-gate positions, i-validate centres, eight central screening security lanes, 22 airline ticketing offices, pre-screening area, three business lounges, six boarding gates and two bus boarding lounges, food court and duty-free shops.
Facilities at the arrival area include 24 immigration counters, four e-gate positions expandable to six, four carousels expandable to six, a fully automated baggage-handling system designed in accordance with the latest European Civil Aviation Conference Hold Baggage Screening (ECAC HBS) requirements expected to handle 3,000 bags per hour and a greeting area.
A Commercially Important Person (CIP) passenger lounge facility, which can host 50 people, has been added to the new facility.
The key objective of the CIP is to offer specialised and luxury services to passengers who anticipate more comfort during their arrival and departure formalities at a fee.