Ethiopian unveils new airport terminal at Bole


Ethiopian Airlines recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art passenger terminal at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

The existing airport was initially designed to accommodate six million passengers annually, and is currently serving over 10 million passengers every year.

The upgraded terminal will accommodate 22 million passengers a year and will have upgraded runways and navigations systems.

The terminal has a new check-in hall with an elevated motorway; more international gates; check-in and immigration counters; duty-free shops; restaurants; auto-walks; escalators; panoramic lifts; and hi-tech airport systems such as automated bag drop solutions, e-gates, self-check-in kiosks, and baggage handling and tilting tray sorter systems.

The expansion includes an additional 86,000m2 of floor space for Terminal 2, around 16,000m2 for Terminal 1, and around 6,000m2 for the new VIP terminal.

There’s also a new hotel, in the form of the five-star Skylight Hotel, which has 373 rooms, four restaurants – including the largest Chinese restaurant in Africa – a banquet hall for 2,000 guests, five small size meeting rooms, two bars, a swimming pool, a gym, health centre, ticket office and gift shops.