Kotoka International Airport is the country’s most important airport near Accra, the capital and the largest city of the West African nation of the Republic of Ghana. A military cum public airport, operated by Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) which was registered in 2006 with the responsibility to plan, develop, manage and maintain all airport facilities within Ghana. The Kotoka International Airport (KIA) serving as a major aviation facility of the West African sub-region is located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Accra city centre. Situated at an elevation of 205 feet above mean sea level, the KIA serves as a hub for many international airlines, including domestic carriers like CiTylinK and Antrak.
This airport is having a single asphalt surfaced runway measuring 11,165 feet catering to a wide spectrum of over 8,000 flight movements including the larger aircrafts like the Boeing 777. Along with a separate dedicated cargo terminal, the KIA is having a single passenger terminal compatible with international aviation specifications ably serving the requirements of more than 1,083,000 passengers each year. This terminal is having 13 aircraft stands, 2 gates, 15 check-in desks and 3 baggage claim belts together with a post office, a bank, currency exchange counter, bars, restaurants, cafeterias, a business centre, VIP lounge, a duty free shop, newsagent/tobacconist/chemist and gift stalls for passenger convenience.
In fact, the KIA is one of the only 5 airports within Africa to have FAA accreditation, in order to fly directly to the USA. Apart from private taxis and car rental services enabling easy local transportation, there also is a travel agent and a tourist help desk at the KIA terminal guiding visitors. Moreover, many hotels around Accra are operating complimentary hotel shuttle services to/from the Kotoka International Airport for guests seeking comfortable and convenient hotel accommodations.