Kotoka International Airport
Accra Air Force Station
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Operator||Ghana Airports Company Ltd|
|Serves||Accra, Greater Accra|
|Hub for||Africa World Airlines|
|Time zone||GMT (0+)|
|Elevation AMSL||205 ft / 62 m|
Kotoka International Airport (IATA: ACC, ICAO: DGAA) is an international airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana. It has the capacity for large aircraft such as the Airbus A380. The airport is operated by Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), which has its offices on the airport property.
In 2014, the airport saw 2.547 million passengers. It presently serves as a hub for domestic and regional operator Africa World Airlines, and a base for domestic operator Passion Air. It is the sole international airport in Ghana.
The airport consists of two passenger terminals, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Terminal 2 serves only domestic flights, while Terminal 3 serves regional, international and long-haul operators. Terminal 1 is presently no longer in use, but will be redeveloped into an FBO.
There is also a VVIP terminal used for diplomatic flights, and a military terminal used for military operations.
The airport was originally a military airport used by the British Royal Air Force during World War II. The facility was handed over to civilian authorities after the war. A development project was launched in 1956 by President Kwame Nkrumah to reconfigure the structure into a terminal building. The project was completed in 1958, turning the military base into an airport with a capacity of 500,000 passengers per year. The airport was originally named Accra International Airport.
In 1969, the Accra International Airport was renamed Kotoka International Airport, in honour of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka (19261967), 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.
Construction officially commenced on 1 March 2016 on a new $274 million Terminal 3 which is capable of handling 5 million passengers a year, with an expansion potential of up to 6.5 million. 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 opened to passengers on 15 September 2018.
There has been considerable debate over the years as to whether it was fitting to rename the airport from Accra International Airport to Kotoka International Airport after General Kotoka. Many argue that the airport was built by Nkrumah, and that it is not fitting to rename it after Kotoka, who led a coup to overthrow Nkrumah's government.
|Africa World Airlines||Abidjan (begins 14 February 2020), Abuja, Freetown, Kumasi, Lagos, Monrovia, Takoradi, Tamale, Wa|
|Air Côte d'Ivoire||Abidjan|
|Air France||ParisCharles de Gaulle|
|Air Peace||Abuja, Lagos, Monrovia|
|Air Senegal||DakarDiass, Lagos|
|Arik Air||Lagos, Monrovia|
|ASKY Airlines||Banjul, Freetown, Lomé, Monrovia|
|Delta Air Lines||New YorkJFK|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa|
|Kenya Airways||Freetown, Monrovia, NairobiJomo Kenyatta|
|Middle East Airlines||Beirut|
|Passion Air||Kumasi, Tamale|
|Qatar Airways||Doha (begins 15 April 2020)|
|Royal Air Maroc||Casablanca|
|South African Airways||Abidjan, JohannesburgOR Tambo, WashingtonDulles|
|TAAG Angola Airlines||Abidjan, Luanda (both begin 26 February 2020)|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon, São Tomé|
|Unity Air||Kumasi (suspended)|
|DHL Aviation |
operated by Swiftair
|Emirates SkyCargo||Dubai-Al Maktoum|
|Ethiopian Airlines Cargo||Lagos, Addis Ababa, Liège|
|Qatar Airways Cargo||Lagos, Doha, Brussels, LondonStansted |
|Air Ghana||Abidjan, Lagos, Lome|
|Turkish Cargo||Maastricht/Aachen, Istanbul-Atatürk|
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Airport information for DGAA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.