Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ghana Airports Company (GACL) to offer advisory and technical consultancy services on all airport-related matters in Ghana.

The move is part of ACSA’s plan to expand across the emerging markets and follows deals between ACSA and GVK for handling operations at Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar at Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo, Brazil.

Under the deal, ACSA will work together with GACL in technical, operational, commercial and strategic business development segments of the aviation industry in order to offer better facilitation and commercial airport services.

South Africa Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said: "Today’s announcement is a positive and exciting demonstration of a well-founded belief in the depth, wealth of experience and expert skills that Airports Company South Africa has accumulated over the twenty years of its existence.

"It is equally pleasing that Ghana has recognised and acknowledged South Africa’s pre-eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multi-dimensional assistance for their aggressive airport expansion programme."

"The air traffic in the country has experienced rapid growth, with domestic traffic increasing more than 30% per annum."

Ghana Minister of Transport Dzifa Aku Attivor said that Ghana’s burgeoning economy has put enormous pressure on the country’s airports, especially that of Kotoka in Accra.

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The upgrade of facilities is essential and this will include the construction of a new terminal, she said.

GACL is responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining Ghana’s airports including Kotoka International Airport in Accra, three regional airports and other airfields.

According to reports, the air traffic in the country has experienced rapid growth, with domestic traffic increasing more than 30% per annum and international passengers by around ten percent.

Airports Company South Africa CEO Bongani Maseko said: "As a company, we pride ourselves on the ability to compete in international markets through our involvement in some of the BRICS markets and hence we will strive to ensure that the region can provide airport facilities and services to compete with any in the world.

"The focus on Africa remains critical to our business in order that the continent earns its deserved place as a meaningful contender in the global economy."