Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has proven its commitment to becoming a leading airport in Africa and Ethiopian Airlines is helping to realize this dream. The airport, located in the capital of Ethiopia serves as the main hub of Ethiopian airlines. Last year (November 2018), Addis Ababa overtook Dubai as the leading transfer hub for long-haul travel to sub-Saharan Africa making it the new gateway to Africa.
On Sunday January 27th, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurated the newly expanded state-of the-art airport terminal in Bole International airport. He was joined by Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat.
The new terminal, which was funded and built by China, added an impressive 74,000 square meters of land effectively tripling the size of the airport (Akwei) making it Africa’s biggest airport (succeeding South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport). Bole International can now accommodate up to 22 million passengers annually, which is a huge leap from its current 7 million passenger capacity (Dahir). The new terminal boasts automated bag drop solutions, e-gates, self-check in kiosks, latest technology security machines among more.
In addition to the new terminal, Ethiopian Airlines also celebrated a new luxury 5-star hotel, which is located at a 5-minute distance from the airport. The Skylight Hotel boasts 373 rooms and offers ample amenities such as restaurants of Ethiopian, Chinese and European cuisines, a health center providing spa, massage and gym services, a grand ballroom, meeting rooms and outdoor facilities (Tubei). The airline carrier also plans to build a second 5-star hotel by 2021 offering 637 rooms. Ethiopian airlines is presently in the midst of a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 with the goal of being the leading aviation group in Africa. Ethiopian airlines is currently Africa’s largest airline by revenue and profit but its aim now is to be the best and to have Bole International featured among Africa’s top airports.
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