Kotoka International Airport

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Kotoka International Airport
Accra Air Force Station
Kotoka International Airport Accra - Terminal.jpg
Terminal building
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Ghana Airports Company Ltd
Serves Accra
Location Accra, Ghana
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 205 ft / 62 m
Coordinates 05°36′16.8″N 000°10′02.6″W / 5.604667°N 0.167389°W / 5.604667; -0.167389Coordinates: 05°36′16.8″N 000°10′02.6″W / 5.604667°N 0.167389°W / 5.604667; -0.167389
Website www.ghanairports.com.gh
ACC is located in Ghana
Location in Ghana
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 11,165 3,403 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 2,269,451
Source: Statistics[1] List of the busiest airports in Africa[2]

Kotoka International Airport (IATA: ACCICAO: DGAA) in Accra, Ghana, is the country's premier international airport and has the capacity for large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8. The airport is operated by Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), which has its offices on the airport property.[3] GACL was established as a result of the decoupling of the existing Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in line with the modern trends in the aviation industry.

The airport company was registered in January 2006 and commenced trading on 1 January 2007 tasked with the responsibility for planning, developing, managing and maintaining all airports and aerodromes in Ghana namely Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and the regional airports at Kumasi, Tamale, Sunyani as well as airstrips.

In 2012, the airport saw 2.269 million passengers. It presently serves as a base for domestic operators Africa World Airlines, Starbow Airlines, fly540, and Antrak Air.

Kotoka Airport was renamed from Ghana International Airport, in honour of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka (1926–1967), a member of the ruling National Liberation Council. Kotoka was killed in an abortive coup attempt, at a location which is now the forecourt of the airport.

The airport consists of two passenger terminals, labelled as Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 serves primarily domestic and regional operators, while Terminal 2 serves primarily international and longhaul operators. The terminals are connected by an internal walkway. There is also a VVIP terminal used for diplomatic flights and a military terminal used for military operations. Terminal 2 is the principal international departure terminal and includes restaurants, duty-free shops and two Business Class lounges.

There are two departure lounges located after Immigration. Adinkra which is managed by Aviance and Akwaaba under the management of AHS Menzies. There is a general seating area with a duty-free shop and bars for passenger. State Protocol Lounge is used by Senior Government Officials/Diplomats and VVIPS.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aero Contractors Lagos 2
Africa World Airlines Kumasi, Tamale 1
Africa World Airlines Abuja, Lagos 2
Air Burkina Ouagadougou 2
Air Côte d’Ivoire Abidjan, Cotonou 2
Air Mali Bamako 2
Air Namibia Windhoek 2
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 2
Antrak Air Kumasi, Sunyani, Takoradi, Tamale 1
Arik Air Abuja, Lagos, Monrovia 2
ASKY Airlines Bissau, Libreville, Freetown, Lomé, Monrovia 2
British Airways London-Heathrow 2
Ceiba Intercontinental Cotonou, Malabo 2
Delta Air Lines Monrovia, New York-JFK 2
EgyptAir Cairo 2
Emirates Abidjan, Dubai-International 2
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 2
fly540 Kumasi 1
Gambia Bird Banjul, Dakar, Monrovia 2
Iberia Madrid 2
Kenya Airways Dakar, Freetown, Monrovia, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta 2
KLM Amsterdam 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2
Middle East Airlines Beirut 2
Punto Azul Malabo 2
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca 2
Rwandair Lagos, Kigali 2
Starbow Airlines Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale 1
South African Airways Abidjan, Johannesburg-OR Tambo 2
TAP Portugal Lisbon, São Tomé 2
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerogem Cargo
Air Ghana
operated by Cargolux
Luxembourg, Manston
Africa West Airlines Liège
Allied Air Lagos, Liège
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Avient Aviation Sharjah
Emirates Sky Cargo Dubai, Frankfurt[4]
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa, Lagos, Liège[5]
Saudia Cargo Jeddah
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Lagos, Maastricht/Aachen[6]

Other facilities[edit]

Meridian Airways and Aerogem Aviation have their head office in the 1 Gemini Airlines Building at the Old Cargo Village.[7][8]

Kotoka Airport also houses the offices of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.[9]

Incidents and Accidents[edit]

  • On 5 June 2000, a Ghana Airlink Fokker F-27 en route from Tamale to Accra crashed on approach to Kotoka International Airport. Six people were killed, including one American and one Swiss citizen.[10]


  1. ^ "Airport Traffic Statistics". Ghana Airports Company Limited. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ List of the busiest airports in Africa
  3. ^ "GACL Contact." Ghana Airports Company Limited. Retrieved on 8 December 2011. "Ghana Airports Company Ltd. KA PMB 36, KIA, Accra, Ghana, West Africa"
  4. ^ Emirates SkyCargo Schedule
  5. ^ Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Schedule
  6. ^ Turkish Airlines Cargo Winter Schedule
  7. ^ "Head Office." Meridian Airways. Retrieved on 6 May 2013. "Meridian Airways Ltd Kotoka International Airport, Old Cargo Village, 1 Gemini Airlines Building P.O Box: AN7238 Accra - North Ghana"
  8. ^ "Contact Us." Aerogem Aviation. Retrieved on December 8, 2011. "Head Office: Aerogem Aviation Ltd 1 Gemini Airlines Building, Old Cargo Village, Kotoka International Airport Accra"
  9. ^ "Contacts." Ghana Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved on December 8, 2011. "Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Address: Private Mail Bag Kotoka International Airport Accra Ghana"
  10. ^ "Cargo plane crashes in Ghanaian capital, killing 10 on bus". BNO News. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources/Boeing%20757-258,%20G-STRZ%2012-09.pdf
  12. ^ http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/87684.php

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