Prempeh I International Airport Inaugurated in Kumasi, Ghana

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commissioned the Nana Agyemang Prempeh I International Airport in Kumasi, Ghana, marking a significant milestone in the country's aviation history. The airport, formerly known as Kumasi International Airport, underwent a major upgrade to handle 800,000 passengers per annum and 200 passengers every hour.

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Prempeh I International Airport Inaugurated in Kumasi, Ghana

Prempeh I International Airport Inaugurated in Kumasi, Ghana

On May 10, 2024, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo officially commissioned the Nana Agyemang Prempeh I International Airport in Kumasi, Ghana. The high-profile event, attended by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and other dignitaries, marked a significant milestone in the country's aviation history and the Ashanti Region's development.

The airport, formerly known as Kumasi International Airport, underwent a major upgrade to become an international airport capable of handling 800,000 passengers per annum and 200 passengers every hour. "The transformation of Kumasi Airport into Prempeh I International Airport, Kumasi represents more than just bricks and mortar. It embodies the spirit of renovation, excellence and collaboration that defines the Ghanaian people," President Akufo-Addo stated during the commissioning ceremony.

Why this matters: This airport's inauguration is expected to have a significant impact on the regional economy, boosting trade and tourism in the Ashanti Region and beyond. It also highlights Ghana's commitment to investing in its infrastructure, enhancing its global competitiveness and attractiveness to investors.

The airport's renaming pays tribute to Otumfuo Agyemang Prempeh I, the 14th Asantehene, who played a pivotal role in consolidating the Ashanti kingdom during his reign in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "Prempeh I is revered as a symbol of Ashanti pride, independence and sovereignty and today through this ceremony, we are paying tribute to his legacy,"the President emphasized.

The airport's commissioning coincides with the 25th-anniversary celebration of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II's enstoolment. The location holds historical significance, as it is where Otumfuo Agyemang Prempeh I took his final steps on Ghanaian soil before being exiled to Sierra Leone and the Seychelles.

The Prempeh I International Airport is expected to alleviate the travails of numerous travelers and businesses in the Ashanti region and beyond, forging stronger economic ties, supporting international trade and tourism, and promoting cultural exchanges. "The airport will serve as an important gateway forging economic ties, supporting international trade and tourism, and promoting cultural exchange," President Akufo-Addo stated.

The airport's establishment in 1943 paved the way for its growth and transformation into a major international airport. Major upgrades implemented in 1959 included the construction of runways and taxiways, installation of navigational facilities, and deployment of necessary human resources. In 1993, a new terminal was built, marking the beginning of the airport's modernization process.

ThePrempeh I International Airportis set to commence full operation at the end of June 2024, following the completion of the runway extension, air traffic control building, aeronautical ground lighting system, fire station, and construction of a new taxi link. Theairport, managed by the Ghana Airports Company Limited, is currently undergoing equipment testing for both domestic and international flights. As the Ashanti Region embraces this new chapter in its history, thePrempeh I International Airportstands as a testament to the region's progress, resilience, and global aspirations.