New Beginnings for Bole International Airport
First Phase of Bole International Airport's New Terminal Opens
Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport is well known for being Ethiopian’s global hub and the premier connection point for international travelers to and from Africa. And now, after undergoing several years of expansion in response to rapidly increasing passenger numbers, a partial opening of the long-awaited new East Wing Terminal is scheduled to be completed by year’s end. Travelers will be able to enjoy more space and amenities as they wait for flights and, eventually, more flight connections from which to choose. The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise hopes that this terminal will relieve traveler congestion issues while enhancing the airport with updates to the runways, terminals and navigations systems.
With the main civil engineering work now completed, the airport expects to be able to fully open the new terminal to passengers within the next year. When completed, the US$350 million expansion will include new duty-free shops, restaurants, escalators and many other accommodations to improve travelers’ comfort. The expansion includes 74,000 meters of space and is projected to increase the capacity of the airport to be able to handle up to 22 million travelers each year. Once fully operational, Bole International Airport will exceed Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport as the largest capacity airport in Africa.