US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has announced a $1.2 million dollar grant funding for a feasibility study to support the development of a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at the Kotoka International Airport in Ghana.

The U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan presided over the ceremony and was joined by members of the government of Ghana, grantee representatives from the Ghanaian company, Aerojet Aviation Ltd U.S. Company Alton Aviation Consultancy as well as industry leaders.  

The feasibility study is a critical foundation before implementation of the project which would establish the first full-service MRO facility in West Africa. No matter how minor or complicated the repair, airlines must repair their aircraft at a certified MRO in order for the aircraft to return to service. 

In addition, scheduled preventive maintenance must be completed by a certified MRO facility on every aircraft in active service.

MRO facilities in the African Continent only represent approximately four percent of the global MRO market, with no MRO facility in West Africa. This study builds on the previous USTDA feasibility study support in 2009, 2011 and 2012 to undertake enhancements at the Kotoka International Airport.

“Having an MRO at the KIA presents an opportunity to propel itself into a regional and global leader in the aviation sector and boost regional economic growth, safety, security and mobility, ” the ambassador stated.

The grant is provided to the Ghanaian company, Aerojet Aviation Limited and the US aviation experts Alton Aviation Consultancy will conduct the feasibility study.

This activity supports the Prosper Africa Initiative, a U.S. government initiative to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa. It also supports President Biden’s Build Back Better World Initiative to apply U.S. technologies and equipment to help with Covid-19 recovery.