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GACL downplays Mahama’s airport sale claims

Management of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) has downplayed claims by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama that the government has planned to sell off the facility to a foreign company.

According to the former President the government wants to hand over 66% share of the Kotoka International Airport to TAM-SUMMA Consortium, a Turkish company.

The former president in an interview over the weekend with TV XYZ also claimed that some US$600 million was invested in the Kotoka International Airport but this has also been described as incorrect.

The GACL in a statement said the amount quoted by the former President may be funding for all airports including Tamale and Ho Airports.

“Claim by Mr Mahama that an investment of $600 million was made at Kotoka is incorrect. The amount may be in reference to funding of projects in all airports including $130 million runway project at Tamale Airport and $25 million new airports in Ho.”

The management also indicated it has met its loan repayment obligations contrary to claims made by Mahama.

“The claim that the GACL has been unable to service the syndicated loan facility is untrue. To date, GACL has met its repayment obligations under the loan facility,” the statement noted.

It adds that the government has extended its COVID-19 Relief Programme to support the Ghana Airport Company Limited.

“In conclusion, management of GACL would like to assure the general public that Kotoka International Airport is NOT FOR SALE. The vision of making Ghana the Preferred Aviation Hub and leader in Airport Business in West Africa remains a priority”, authorities indicated.

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