Air transport IT provider SITA has been contracted by Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the operator of Kotoka International Airport in the Ghanian capital of Accra, to supply and install common use check-in desks, self-service check-in kiosks and its baggage management technology for the newly constructed Terminal 3 (T3) facility, enabling airlines to track all items of luggage in accordance with IATA’s Resolution 753.
On the operational side, SITA will also supply its Airport Management Solution, which will simplify planning and operational control and facilitate collaborative decision making, data management and analysis in T3. It will also support revenue management with its billing and reporting functionality.
Levent Uzunokur, general manager of MNG Technical, MAPA’s parent company and the construction company building the new terminal, said, “SITA was the obvious choice both because of its wide experience of airport technology across the world and the team’s specific knowledge of Kotoka International Airport. SITA’s ability to seamlessly integrate the new terminal into the existing airport operations is particularly important and will have a very positive impact on the success of the whole project.”
Dr Gershon Adzadi, head of ICT at GACL, said, “SITA has long provided its technology and know-how at Kotoka International Airport. Their understanding of our business and their leading technology solutions at airports make them an ideal partner to support us in the next chapter of our airport’s growth.”
SITA is initially contracted to MAPA during the deployment and implementation phase before handing over to GACL who will then take over the day-to-day running of the terminal.
Hani El-Assaad, SITA president, Middle East, India and Africa, said, “We are working with MAPA to transform the new facility into a working airport terminal that can process 1,250 passengers an hour. Kotoka International Airport’s new terminal will have the world-class technology it needs to support the airport’s role as a leading hub in the region.”
Kotoka International Airport supports both international and national routes for passenger and cargo aircraft. When Terminal 3 opens at the end of 2017, it will have six contact stands and two remote stands for long-range aircraft, including Airbus A380s, A330s and Boeing 777s and 787s.