Tigrai Onlne - January 09, 2014
Hawassa, the capital city of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region (
The design of the airport has already started by the authority. The design will cost about one million Ethiopian birr or $52,000 us dollars. The design of the airport will be completed in four months.
The total cost of building the Hawassa airport and the completion time will be known after the design and bidding for the construction is complete.
In 2005 E.C. the capital city of was visited by 631 thousand foreign and domestic tourists and it earned 130 million Ethiopian birr.
The region’s culture and tourism officer Mr. Zerihun Zewde said because there is no airport the city is losing so much tourist revenue. Today the only access to the city is motor vehicle transportation and that is very limiting and slow. Tourists who can afford and choose to fly don’t have the choice to fly to the city.
By the time the airport is completed and fully operational the city of Hawassa plans to double the number of tourists.
About Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region
Located at the south west part of Ethiopia Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region is Bordered by Kenya in South, the Sudan in West Southwest, Gambella region in Northwest and surrounded by Oromiya region in Northwest, North and East direction. The region is a multination which consists of about 56 ethnic groups with their own distinct geographical location, language, cultures, and social identities living together. The population of the state is estimated about 15 million 1999 E.C. (2007 Census).