GATA was established in 2008 under the Ghana Civil Aviation Sector Upgrade Project (GCASUP) situated at the location of the old air traffic control school, which has been in existence since the late 50s with the mandate to train air traffic control assistants for the then civil aviation department. The old building was remodeled into a modern facility and has a state-of-the-art simulator to train Air traffic controllers for Ghana and the sub-region. GATA as an academy came into operation in 2009 and has since organized various Local and International Aviation courses which has since generated considerable interest among countries in the West African Sub-Region and beyond.

Currently, the Academy organises courses in Air Traffic Services, Aviation Safety and Security, and Civil Aviation Management. It plans to incorporate other courses in Airport Emergency Services, Aviation Engineering Technology and Computer Information Technology. The near future will see the introduction of management and development courses for other industries that may require such general training.

Presently, GATA is affiliated to IATA and seeks to collaborate and forge alliances with reputable Aviation Institutions and other training organizations in due course.