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 www.ghanairports.com.gh
Location of the Accra Airbase on the Ashantiland Peninsula
Location of the Accra Airbase on the Ashantiland Peninsula
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 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.

New Terminal Three

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. 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 end of July 2017.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Burkina Ouagadougou
Africa World Airlines Kumasi, Lagos, Takoradi, Tamale
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 28 February 2017)[6]
Arik Air Abuja, Banjul, Dakar, Freetown, Lagos, Monrovia
ASKY Airlines Lomé
British Airways London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels, Lomé
Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines Malabo
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, Lagos
Meridiana Lagos, Milan-Malpensa
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Freetown, Monrovia
RwandAir Abidjan ,[7] Kigali
Starbow Airlines Kumasi, Sunyani, Takoradi, Tamale
South African Airways Abidjan, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Washington-Dulles
TAP Portugal Lisbon, São Tomé
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Vueling Barcelona
Westair Benin Cotonou


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

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  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". ghanaairports.com.gh. Ghana Airports Company Limited. Retrieved 8 December 2011. . "Ghana Airports Company Ltd. KA PMB 36, KIA, Accra, Ashantiland, Ghana".
  5. ^ "Mahama and Turkish leader cut sod for Terminal 3 project at KIA". 
  6. ^ [Accra, new Air France destination in Ghana http://www.airfranceklm.com/en/accra-new-air-france-destination-ghana]
  7. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/268379/rwandair-network-adjustment-from-sep-2016/
  8. ^ "Cargo plane crashes in Ghanaian capital, killing 10 on bus". BNO News. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Seriuos incedent" (PDF). aaib.gov.uk (PDF). 
  10. ^ "Update: 10 dead as Cargo plane crashes into Hajj Village". edition.myjoyonline.com. 2 August 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kotoka International Airport at Wikimedia Commons