As part of its ongoing focus and expansion into emerging markets, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) to provide advisory and technical consultancy services on all airport related matters in Ghana.
The agreement with GACL comes in the wake of similar partnerships between ACSA and GVK for the management of Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar at Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo, Brazil.
“The partnership with GACL commits us to work more closely in technical, operational, commercial and strategic business development aspects of the aviation industry with the object to provide excellent commercial airport services for all stakeholders,” said ACSA chief executive Bongani Maseko.
GACL is responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining Ghana’s airports. This includes Kotoka International Airport in the capital, Accra, three regional airports and other airfields. Air traffic has been growing in recent years, with domestic traffic growing by over 30% a year and international passengers by around 10%.
“The announcement is a positive demonstration of a well-founded belief in the depth, wealth of experience and expert skills ACSA has accumulated over its 20 year existence. It is equally pleasing that Ghana has recognised and acknowledged South Africa’s pre-eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multi-dimensional assistance for their airport expansion programme,” Dipuo Peters, South African Minister of Transport, said.
Dzifa Aku Attivor, Ghanaian Minister of Transport, said the country’s burgeoning economy has put pressure on its airports, especially Kotoka. The upgrade of facilities is essential and this will include building a new terminal.
“We did not have to look far for a recommended partner to provide us with advisory services. Showcasing Africa’s abilities through the successful airports expansion and management programme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup was recommendation enough for ACSA,” Attivor said.
“As a company we pride ourselves on our ability to compete in international markets through our involvement in some of the BRICS markets and we will strive to ensure the region can provide airport facilities and services to compete with any in the world. The focus on Africa remains critical to our business to ensure the continent earns its place as a meaningful contender in the global economy,” Maseko said.