Ethiopia Unfolds Plans To Build New Terminal

Ethiopia Unfolds Plans To Build New Terminal

The Director of Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Colonel Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw, discloses that Ethiopian Airport Enterprise is conducting a study to build a new international airport to cater for the growth of Bole International Airport. He adds that Bole International Airport is currently serving more than 150 flights daily with Ethiopian Airlines accounting for more than 60 departures a day while the numbers of international carriers operating in and out of the airport have also increased to 13, thus, raising the need for a new terminal.

Ethiopia plans to construct the new international airport between Meki and Modjo roads. The expansion project launched at Bole Airport was intended to handle air traffic growth until 2017, but the airport reached the projected numbers in 2010, which warranted the Airport Enterprise to consider a new airport.

A senior official of the Enterprise reveals that EAE was initially scouting a location 30 kilometers outside of the capital city near Dukem, before deciding on conducting a study on the current location instead. He adds that a team of experts are already in the process of undertaking a feasibility study.

Meanwhile, it says it has informed the Ethiopian Roads Authority of plans to build a new airport to enable them undertake the development of a new road network between the airport and Addis Ababa. The roads authority is expected to submit the plan for approval in 2013.

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