Tigrai Online Dec. 16, 2012
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Ethiopia is unarguably one of the busiest airports in Africa. It is said to be the third busiest in the continent, handling over 3 million passengers per year. It’s a massive international aviation centre with flights throughout Africa, Europe and Middle East. At this airport, international flights compete for landing spaces. As one airplane lands, another follows in quick succession. The airport offers one of the shortest and seamless links to Asia, and some parts of Europe.
My recent visit to Addis Ababa (November 18 to 21, 2012) was not the first time I was visiting Ethiopia. I once had a stopover and even slept over at one hotel in Bole area of the capital Addis Ababa during one of my many visits to China and India, during which I was enthralled by the magnificence and sheer beauty of Bole International Airport (airport code ADD). That was in 2005, three years after Ethiopia had taken a loan from Kuwait to upgrade the airport. The result: a ravishingly beautiful edifice and astonishingly efficient airport that is Bole International Airport. The airport itself is about three kilometres away from the city centre. Up till that 2005 there were two terminals, domestic and international, but a third one was added last year.
Powered By ET
Bole International Airport is powered by Ethiopian airline; I mean the industry and entrepreneurship around the airline. ET is the national carrier of Ethiopia and its main foreign exchange earner. With no oil, the airline and, of course tourism, offers the lifeline for that country. Both are the oil with which the Ethiopian economy is driven. Ethiopian Airline, according to information made available to this writer, flies to over 37 destinations in Africa alone. It’s the first in Africa to acquire that state of the art plane, the Dreamliner, Boeing 787, in which we flew to Addis during my last visit.
Since that 2005 stopover, nothing seemed to have chipped away from the beauty of Bole airport.
But I noticed the infrastructure at the airport is being overwhelmed now ostensibly by the ever-increasing international passenger flow. This is more evident in the number of toilets available for use by the passengers particularly in the check-in area, where you wait after checking-in to board your flight.
Source: This Day Live
About Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 69 international destinations spanning four continents. Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won Gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award” for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and "the Airline of the Year 2009 Award" from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern aircraft and its fast expanding network, the airline is well positioned to become the leading aviation group in Africa, per its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap.
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