Kotoka International Airport

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Kotoka International Airport
Accra Air Force Station
Accra Kotoka International Airport.JPG
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Ghana Airports Company Ltd
Serves Accra, Greater Accra
Hub for
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (0+)
 • Summer (DST) GMT (1+)
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 [1]
ACC is located in Ghana
Location of the airport in Ghana
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 11,165 3,403 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 2,547,527

Kotoka International Airport (IATA: ACCICAO: DGAA) in Accra, the capital of Greater Accra in the West African country Ghana, is an 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 Ashantiland Peninsula's domestic airports at Kumasi's Kumasi International Airport, Sunyani's Sunyani Airport and Sekondi-Takoradi's Takoradi Airport.

In 2014, the airport saw 2.547 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 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 long-haul 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. In addition, the State Protocol Lounge is used by Senior Government Officials/Diplomats and VVIPS.

Construction officially commenced on 1 March 2016 on a new $250 million Terminal 3 which is capable of handling 5 million passengers a year and will be equipped with new state of the art facilities. The new Terminal 3 will handle 1,250 passengers an hour, equipped with three business lounges, large commercial and retail area and six boarding bridges. The terminal is expected to be completed by the end of October 2017.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Burkina Ouagadougou
Africa World Airlines Kumasi, Lagos, Takoradi, Tamale, Abuja (begins June 26, 2017)
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle[6]
Air Peace Lagos[7]
Arik Air Abuja, Banjul, Dakar, Freetown, Lagos, Monrovia
ASKY Airlines Lomé
British Airways London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels, Lomé
Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines Malabo
Cronos Airlines Malabo[8]
Dana Air Lagos
Delta Air Lines New York-JFK
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Abidjan, Dubai-International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Kenya Airways Freetown, Monrovia, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
KLM Amsterdam
Med-View Airline Freetown, Monrovia, Lagos
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa
Middle East Airlines Abidjan, Beirut
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Freetown, Monrovia
RwandAir Abidjan,[9] Kigali
Starbow Airlines Kumasi, Sunyani, Takoradi, Tamale
South African Airways Abidjan, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Washington-Dulles
TAP Portugal Lisbon, Lomé(begins 17 July 2017),[10] São Tomé
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

^1 : Meridiana's flight from Milan-Malpensa to Accra stops in Lagos, but the flight from Accra to Milan-Malpensa is nonstop. Meridiana does not have local traffic rights on the LOS – ACC sector.


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Luxembourg
DHL Aviation
operated by Swiftair
Abidjan, Lagos
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Lagos, Addis Ababa, Liège
Qatar Airways Cargo Lagos, Doha
Swiftair Abidjan, Lagos
Turkish Airlines Cargo Maastricht/Aachen, Istanbul-Atatürk

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External links[edit]

Media related to Kotoka International Airport at Wikimedia Commons