GHANAIAN President Akufo-Addo says his administration is currently discussing with stakeholders to reopen the Kotoka International Airport by September 1.
“The outcome of that exercise will show us the way, and determine when we can reopen our border by air. I am hoping that, by God’s grace, we will be ready to do so by 1st September,” President Akufo-Addo said.
Akufo-Addo explained that care was being taken to make sure that the country did not record a spike in Covid-19 cases when the borders are opened.
“I want to ensure that we are in a position to test every single passenger that arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus.”
In his third address to the nation on measures government is taking to tackle the pandemic on March 22, the President announced the closure of the country’s borders.
He reviewed the directive on April 4, during the country’s 21-day lockdown when Ghana’s Covid-19 cases were rising.
The extension, he explained, was to ensure the importation of the coronavirus remains curtailed, while the government deals with the enhanced tracing and testing program that was going on at the time.
However, the President ensured that Ghanaians stranded in foreign countries were brought home.
Stakeholders including the Ministry of Aviation, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airports Co. Ltd are in talks to ascertain how ready the country is to open the border by air.