Tamale Airport (IATA: TML, ICAO: DGLE) is an airport serving Tamale, a town in the Northern Region of Ghana. The Tamale Airport was founded as a main advanced operational base for troops during the World War 2. The landing strip was acquired at Nyohene, some two miles west of Tamale. The following buildings are in place for operational use;
Aerodrome control tower
Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFSS)
Air Traffic Control Offices
Standby generator Services
Public places of convenience.
Initially the Airport was manned by the Airforce and used for strategic activities during the regime of Dr Nkrumah. Moscow and Havanna are equidistant from this Airport.
The Tamale Airport has now been upgraded to the status of an international airport, with all the necessary facilities. It gained international status in December 2008. The facilities put in place include, the construction of a run-way, taxi ways and aprons, a terminal, a modified fire service building, rehabilitation of the tower building, a car park and a VVIP lounge. Others are the provision of offices for the Customs, Excise and Preventive Services (CEPS) and the Immigration Services.
The two contractors were Focal Roads Limited and CONSUL Limited, with BANS Consult as the consultants. The Airport has already received some international flights from South Africa, Tunisia and Angola during the CAN 2008 African Cup of nations, and it is hoped that with the addition of more facilities it would now be in the position to fly pilgrims from the north straight to Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj.