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 (2013)
Passengers 2,684,953

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.[4] 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 2013, the airport saw 2.684 million passengers. It presently serves as a base for domestic operators Africa World Airlines, Starbow Airlines, 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 Douala, Lagos 2
Africa World Airlines Kumasi, Tamale 1
Africa World Airlines Lagos[5] 2
Air Burkina Ouagadougou 2
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Cotonou 2
Antrak Air Kumasi, Sunyani, Takoradi, Tamale 1
Arik Air Abuja, Banjul,[6] Dakar, Lagos, Monrovia (suspended)[a] 2
ASKY Airlines Lomé 2
British Airways London-Heathrow 2
Ceiba Intercontinental Cotonou, Malabo 2
Delta Air Lines New York-JFK[9] 2
Eagle Atlantic Airlines Abidjan, Dakar, Freetown, Monrovia[10] 2
EgyptAir Cairo 2
Emirates Abidjan, Dubai-International 2
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 2
Gambia Bird Banjul(suspended), Dakar[11](suspended) 2
Iberia Madrid 2
Kenya Airways Dakar, Freetown (suspended),[12] Monrovia (suspended),[12] Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta 2
KLM Amsterdam 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2
Med-View Airline Lagos 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
Tunisair Tunis 2
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2
Vueling Barcelona (begins 20 June 2015) 2
  1. ^ Arik Air, ASKY, & Gambia Bird have suspended service since July/August 2014 to Guinea, Liberia, & Sierra Leone due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.[7][8]

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 Air Ghana
Lagos, Abidjan
Avient Aviation Sharjah
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa, Lagos, Liège[13]
Qatar Airways Cargo Lagos,Brussels
Saudia Cargo Jeddah
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Lagos, Maastricht/Aachen[14]

Other facilities[edit]

Meridian Airways and Aerogem Aviation have their head office in the 1 Gemini Airlines Building at the Old Cargo Village.[15][16]

Kotoka Airport also houses the offices of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.[17]

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.[18]
  • On 28 January 2009, a Ghana International Airlines Boeing 757 operating from Accra to London Gatwick, United Kingdom, with 96 passengers and nine crew reported anomalies with the control systems when climbing out of Accra. The crew declared a mayday and made a safe return to Kotoka International Airport where the remains of a beetle-like creature were discovered to be obstructing the left pitot system.[19]
  • On 2 June 2012, an Allied Air Boeing 727 cargo aircraft operating from Lagos to Accra on behalf of DHL with 4 crew overshot the runway while landing in heavy rain. At least 12 people on the ground were killed. The 4 crew all survived.[20]


  1. ^ "Arik Air Launch Scissor Hub in Accra from late-April 2014". Airline Route. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Airport Traffic Statistics". Ghana Airports Company Limited. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  3. ^ List of the busiest airports in Africa
  4. ^ "GACL Contact." Ghana Airports Company Limited. Retrieved on 8 December 2011. "Ghana Airports Company Ltd. KA PMB 36, KIA, Accra, Ghana, West Africa"
  5. ^ 30 April 2014 timetable, http://www.flyafricaworld.com/detailss.cfm?corpnews_scatid=2&corpnews_catid=3&corpnews_scatlinkid=15&CFID=34776685&CFTOKEN=42763581
  6. ^ "Aril Air Adds New Accra / Banjul Service from August 2014". Airline Route. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Liberia: Arik Air Suspends Flights to Liberia, Sierra Leon Over Ebola Virus". allAfrica.com. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ebola outbreak: pan-African airline halts flights to west African countries". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  9. ^ April May 2014 Timetable, http://www.delta.com/content/dam/delta-www/pdfs/flight_schedules.pdf
  10. ^ April 2014 Timetable, http://www.eagleatlanticairlines.com/www.eagleatlanticairlines.com/us/en/sched.html
  11. ^ Timetable, valid from 18 October 2014, http://www.gambiabird.com/mediapool/gambiabird.com/docs/infos/fs/GBQ_FlightSchedule_20141017_Summer2014_All_routes.pdf
  12. ^ a b http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-17355-Ebola+Kenya+Airways+suspends+fights/news.aspx
  13. ^ Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Schedule
  14. ^ Turkish Airlines Cargo Winter Schedule
  15. ^ "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"
  16. ^ "Contact Us." Aerogem Aviation. Retrieved on 8 December 2011. "Head Office: Aerogem Aviation Ltd 1 Gemini Airlines Building, Old Cargo Village, Kotoka International Airport Accra"
  17. ^ "Contacts." Ghana Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved on 8 December 2011. "Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Address: Private Mail Bag Kotoka International Airport Accra Ghana"
  18. ^ "Cargo plane crashes in Ghanaian capital, killing 10 on bus". BNO News. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources/Boeing%20757-258,%20G-STRZ%2012-09.pdf
  20. ^ http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/87684.php

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