The challenges of flying to Sunyani will soon be made easier by the opening of the Sunyani Airport. It also indicates the route can now be used by commercial flights.
The Sunyani Airport’s newly restored runway has been lengthened from 1,280 meters to 1,400 meters.
The airport can currently accept medium-sized jet flights thanks to the 1,400 meter runway expansion.
This indicates that there will be sufficient capacity once the airport is formally opened for regularly scheduled flights because certain local airline firms may now fly their jet jets to the airport.
The government reports that the airport, which is situated in Ghana’s central region, has also undergone renovations to the terminal building and the construction of an apron and interior roads. About 97 percent of the work has been completed to date.
Detailed history of Sunyani Airport
The Sunyani Airport was initially built as an airstrip and modified in 1969 to become an airport. The airport’s runway currently measures 1,520 meters in length, with 60 meters of unpaved Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at either end and 1,400 meters of asphalt runway.
100 passengers could be handled and processed per hour. Due to the lack of significant renovations since the airport’s start of commercial operations, it is in a bad shape, with cracks and potholes on the runway.
The airport was shut down in 2015 by the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) and Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) as a preventative measure to
any catastrophe. It was serviced by the now-defunct domestic aviation company Starbow before it was shut down.
The airport’s renovation and expansion took place over time in stages. In 2018, a contract was given for the construction of some airport internal roads, the rehabilitation of the current runway, a small amount of terminal restoration, and other auxiliary facilities.