Kotoka Int’l Airport to be reopened after disinfection exercise

In line with preparations ahead of the reopening of Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to international travelers, government in collaboration with Vector Control Services, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has embarked on a disinfection exercise to get the facility ready for commercial activities.

Over 100 field officers of Zoomlion were dispatched to the airport in the early hours of Monday amid heavy security presence to conduct the exercise.

The first port of call was the ultramodern terminal three, which hosts international travelers. The check points, lavatories and other essential areas were disinfected to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Both the terminal two and one were also disinfected using World Health Organization (WHO) approved chemicals to ensure the airport is safe for travelers and workers.

Some of the equipment being used for the project includes motorized spraying machines, Phoenix fogger machines (car-mounted), Knapsack spraying machines, hand thermal fogger machines, boom spraying vehicles and drones among others.  

Addressing the media during the exercise in Accra, General Manager of Vector Control Services, Rev. Ebenezer Kwame Addai, said his outfit would make sure that all the high-risk areas, including the arrival and departure halls are polished to make the facility safe for reopening.

He disclosed that the exercise would be conducted frequently to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

“We are using sophisticated chemicals which have been duly approved by WHO in this exercise. We want to make the airport very safe for everyone.

“As we undertake this exercise, we will also add our voice to call on people to stay at home, practice social distancing and all the protocols spelt out by government and the World Health Organisation,” Rev. Kwame Addai added.    

The Aviation Minister, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda in an interview added that after the exercise, the airport would be in tip-top shape to commerce full blown commercial activities.

“We closed down the flights, except for special flight that were evacuating passengers from different countries under the special permission from the presidency.”

“We also had an ongoing exercise for the cargo to continue operating, because there was the need to bring in essential cargo needed for the fight against COVID-19, but from Tuesday we are officially reopening the airport for both domestic and international travelers,” he added.

Earlier, Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, addressing a press conference at the KIA reaffirmed that the country has put adequate measures in please to be able to detect possible COVID-19 cases at the airport. He went on to stress that, the measures will help prevent any infected person from slipping through the radar.

KIA was closed to international traffic in the wake of the Coronavirus in March 2020.

 President Akufo-Addo in his 16th address to the nation on Sunday, August 30 announced the reopening of Ghana’s air borders to international traffic.

The president explained, the decision comes after a thorough work done by the Aviation Ministry, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, (GCAA), the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health.

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