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Ethiopian Airlines Wants to Build New Airport in Addis Ababa

by Megan Hill

Feb 17, 2020

Ethiopian Airlines. Photo: Ktree | Dreamstime.com

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Ethiopian Airlines announced plans to build a $5 billion airport south of Addis Ababa. The airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airport would be able to handle 100 million passengers a year.

The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s most profitable carrier and its biggest by fleet size, is currently based out of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

Even though a second terminal opened at Bole International last year, more than doubling its annual capacity to 22 million, Tewolde said, “Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us.”

“The airport looks … very large but with the way that we are growing, in about three or four years we are going to be full.”

The new airport’s construction is expected to start later this year in Bishoftu, a town southeast of Addis Ababa.

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