• Centre of attention

    Centre of attention

    Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has undergone an expansion project that has tripled its passenger capacity.

    The US$363 million project – funded and built by China – has boosted capacity from 7 million passengers per annum to 22 million, as reported by Quartz Africa. The airport has also overtaken Dubai as the leading transfer hub for long-haul travel into Africa.

    ‘The expansion includes additional 86 000 m2 of floor area of space for Terminal 2, around 16 000 m2 for Terminal 1 and around 6 000 m2 for the new VIP terminal,’ according to New Business Ethiopia. ‘The airport [was] expanded with a view to relieve congestion and enhance passengers’ ground-to-air experiences.’

    The airport, which is national carrier Ethiopian Airlines’ main hub, is situated in the centre of the East-West trade route.

    12 February 2019
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