Tamale to become hub for air transport in West Africa

12 June 2017

The Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) is putting policies and structures in place to make Tamale a hub of air transport in West Africa.

SADA CEO Charles Abugre made the announcement during his presentation of the Tamale and Buipe infrastructure plans to stakeholders in Accra, Ghana.

The move forms part of the authority’s plan to develop Tamale into a modern city through improved infrastructure in anticipation of population growth and industrialisation. Meanwhile, the plans are a subset of the SADA master plan, a 25-year medium-term development plan that will serve as a blueprint to the development of the savanna zone.

In outlining reasons for making the Northern capital a hub of air transport services in West Africa, Abugre said the geographical location of Tamale positioned the town to be on the flight path to Europe hence saving more than an hour of travel.

He also stated that the town had a lot of open space to operate which could develop the air services and maintenance successfully.

“The area is dry and does not have the humidity problems of Accra or Kumasi and air craft maintenance requires very dry conditions,” he added.

SADA was committed to developing Tamale into an airport city hub and is currently facilitating a project to that effect. The project included aircraft services and aircraft maintenance and would collectively be referred to as the Tamale Airport City and Industrial Hub.

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