She disclosed that funding has already been secured while government has begun development of needed infrastructure to pave way for contractors to get on site.
Speaking to TV3’s Odelia Ofori, Ms Ativor acknowledged that the country’s regions without airports would be provided with aerodromes for starters.
“We don’t have airports in Upper East, Central, Volta and Eastern Regions,” she stated.
“It is important that we are able to get them aerodrome so that they can also do some air travel. When we are able to put that in place, the private sector can take advantage and turn it into commercial activity,” she indicated.
She announced that funding has already been secured for the Tamale Airport to be upgraded into an international airport.
“We currently want to upgrade the Tamale Airport into an international standard,” MS Ativor told Odelia Ofori.
“Funding has already been secured for that particular project. So very soon the contractors will be at site. The drawings are ready.”
The idea of an additional international airport for Ghana was mooted after an Allied Air cargo plane overshot the Kotoka International Airport runway.
According to the Minister of Transport, an international airport in Tamale will help boost projects that will be initiated under the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).
“Some of the products will be export commodities. There’s the need to airlift them direct from the northern sector to their destinations,” she mentioned.
She added that an international airport in Tamale will save potential pilgrims operational costs in travelling to Accra before they embark on their pilgrimage.
According to her an estimate of GH¢150 million has already been invested into “terminal building, the runway, other services like catering services, MRO unit, which the private sector can take advantage of.”