ACCRA, The first ever African Air Show will be hosted by Ghana from Oct 24 to 26 at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport under the auspices of the Ministry of Aviation.

The expo, which is being organized in collaboration with the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), is the first of its kind in West Africa and is expected to establish Ghana as an aviation hub in the sub-region.

Aviation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah told a media briefing here Tuesday that it was important and in line with the Ministry’s vision to establish Ghana as an aviation hub and to organize events like the air show, which will showcase the opportunities available in the sector, both in Ghana and Africa.

The air show will comprise two components — the exhibition and a conference — and is expected to attract about 100 exhibitors, who have already registered, and an estimated 3,000 participants.

The exhibitors include government departments, airport companies, airlines, flight school academies, ground handling services, military and defence institutions, security agencies, cargo handling services, and representatives of aircraft manufacturers, among others.

The main aim of the exhibition and Conference is to actively engage major players within the African and global aviation space, with the view of positioning the African aviation industry at the forefront of regional and global interest, Dapaah stated.

It is also expected to provide a forum for stakeholders to interact with prospective investors in the development of Ghana’s and Africa’s aviation infrastructure and services and bring stakeholders up to speed with the dynamics of the industry by sharing experiences.

Dapaah said President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo is the patron for the event and that organization of of the air show is being done in partnership with 4M Events of Abu Dhabi, the organizers of the Paris Air Show.