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British Airways flight A380 makes technical stop at KIA

The second time an A380 aircraft has operated or landed in Accra is on September 29, 2022, when a British Airways ferry flight A380 from Johannesburg to London Heathrow made a technical stop at Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The Ghana Airports Company Limited asserts that British Airways could not have chosen a better airport in the sub-region for this crucial technical stopover than KIA, noting that “KIA is centrally located in the world, on the Greenwich Meridian and nearby the Equator, making it easily accessible from any part of the world.”

The 3,400-meter runway, taxiways, and other infrastructure at the airport “meet and, in some cases, exceed the standards and recommended practices of the aviation industry and are suitable for the manoeuvrability, accessibility to the passenger boarding bridge, and remote parking for the A-380,” according to the statement. The Airport has a solid reputation in the business for regulatory, safety, and operational compliance.

The largest aircraft type that commercial airports regulate determines which of the ten categories they fall under. It was emphasized that KIA has a personnel that is trained to handle the A380 aircraft and has a firefighting category of 10.

It continued by saying that KIA is still one of the region’s most alluring airports and has the space to handle the biggest commercial aircraft in the world.

“Our long history of fostering cooperation and coordination among all airport stakeholders, including the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), service providers, and airlines, ensures KIA’s readiness to handle A380 commercial flights,” the statement reads.

Large wide-body airplane developed and built by Airbus is the A380. It is the only full-length double-deck jet airliner and the largest passenger aircraft in the world.

The A380 requires around 3,000 m (9,800 ft) of runway to take off fully loaded and has a basic seating configuration for 555 passengers on two decks in a three-class configuration.

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