Africa’s largest airport aviation hub opens

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Date: 4 February 2019
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Africa’s largest airport aviation hub opens

4 February, 2019 - The biggest airport aviation hub in Africa is now ready for use.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has inaugurated the newly expanded Addis Ababa Bole International Airport terminal. The airport is said to now be larger than O R Tambo International. Funded by China, construction on the project began in 2015, and cost an estimated R467 million.

The terminal comes equipped with modern amenities including automated bag drop solutions, e-gates, self-check-in kiosks, baggage handling and the latest airport security technologies. The increased size of the terminal enables the airport to handle up to 22 million passengers a year – up from a previous capacity of 7 million.

The terminal and the new five-star luxury hotel that was recently launched by the airline are part of the airline’s 15 year plan. The five-star Ethiopian Skylight Hotel rests on 40 000 square metres and has 373 rooms with 27 presidential and executive suites, four restaurants and a conference and banquet hall that can hold 2 000 people at a time, as well as the continents’ largest Chinese restaurant.

The airline has an operating fleet of 111 planesand currently flies to more than 119 international passenger and cargo destinations, with over 61 of those in Africa alone. In the past five years, Ethiopian Airlines has doubled the number of their passengers, and increased its profit fivefold.

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