Accra – the modern heart of West Africa
Urbanization | Your next holiday is coming up? Our tip: Accra! From now on, thyssenkrupp will also be at home at the airport of this megacity. Our mobility experts played a key role in equipping the new Terminal 3. This way, the flight to Accra will already be an experience itself.
The constant in the history of Accra: the eternal new beginning. Once founded by the Ga people to trade with the European colonial powers, the natives burned down the first Portuguese fortress. But the economically promising harbor location remained. Thus, early on, Accra became the multicultural hotspot of West Africa.
During the British rule of Ghana, the “Gold Coast” colony was one of the most important European trading centers in Africa. Since the independence of the country, the coast city and new capital Accra continues to grow tirelessly – always loud, not always clean, but incredibly lively and cosmopolitan.
After the independence of Ghana, the later president Kwame Nkrumah appointed the city as the state capital and laid the foundation for Accra’s current position as the economic center of Ghana. Since then the population of the country has grown rapidly: While Accra still had 177,000 inhabitants in 1950, almost 70 years later, 2.4 million people live in the throbbing heart of Ghana.
Today, thanks to its eventful history, not only business people but also tourists get their money’s worth in Accra. The hullabaloo on the crowded streets, the exotic offers of the markets, and the historical buildings from 500 years of city history form a very special urban flair that is definitely worth a trip.
Accra’s new Terminal 3 at “ACC”: Up to 5 million more passengers a year
The city’s airport also bears witness to Accra’s modernization and economic importance. At the former British military airport, 38 international airlines handle around 2.3 million passengers a year. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, passenger traffic at the “ACC” rose by a whopping 14 percent.
Kotoka International Airport is Ghana’s largest airport. With the new Terminal 3 featuring thyssenkrupp’s state-of-the-art mobility solutions, this opens up completely new economic and tourist opportunities for Accra.
This figure is expected to rise over the next few years: Work began on the new Terminal 3 in October 2015, which is intended to help Accra achieve a new economic and touristic boom. Since autumn 2018, both regional and international long-haul flights have been able to take off and land at the groundbreaking new terminal. With the new reception building, the Ghana Airports Company, which is responsible for all national airports, expects up to five million more passengers a year to arrive and depart from Kotoka International.
thyssenkrupp connects people and countries – not only in Accra
And guess who is at the forefront of the construction? thyssenkrupp! From now on, passengers will find three new escalators and 16 new high-tech elevators from thyssenkrupp in the new reception building. Although there will soon be significantly more planes arriving and departing, everything should still run smoothly and stress-free. That’s why we’ve equipped the new terminal with seven additional state-of-the-art passenger bridges – the first ones ever at Kotoka International! Thanks to the new transitions between aircraft and terminal, even the A380 can now fly in and out of Accra.
thyssenkrupp’s airport mobility experts are particularly pleased to have been selected as the supplier for the very first passenger boarding bridges at Kotoka International Airport. That enables Accra to welcome even the biggest airplanes such as the A380 now.
Mauro Carneiro, CEO of the Airport Solutions business unit at thyssenkrupp, is proud of the successfully implemented project: “Together with our local partners, we are proud to be a part of making the arrivals and departures of passengers at Accra’s airport a world-class experience.”
Unleashing Africa’s potential
For our experts, the new solutions in Terminal 3 of Kotoka International Airport are an important contribution to the modernization of Accra and sustainable urban planning in Ghana. We have already been involved in many other mobility projects at African airports, for example in Algeria, Cameroon, South Africa and Nigeria.
So on your next flight to the continent, it’s probably our passenger boarding bridges that will smoothen your way to the terminal and your journey into Africa’s breathtaking and diverse culture. This way, you can experience the cities and countries in a relaxed way and with all your senses!