Addis Ababa Bole International Airport overtook Dubai International to become the largest gateway to Africa last year and it is now opening a brand-new passenger terminal to ensure it retains this designation while it strives to offer an innovative passenger experience
Construction of the new terminal for the airport’s largest tenant, flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines, has now ended, with the resulting space being capable of accommodating 22 million passengers annually. Along with its capacity, it will be offering travellers many spacious, innovative and luxurious amenities.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines believes the new terminal will play a key role in cementing the airport’s position as a key gateway. “What makes the new terminal unique is that it’s the first in the world to be completed after Covid-19. It was designed, not re-purposed, with biosafety and security in mind. I’m sure our esteemed customers will highly appreciate that,” he explains.
The terminal features 60 check in counters, 30 self service check in kiosks, 10 self bag drop kiosks, 16 immigration counters with e-gate provisions, 16 central security screening areas for departing passengers, three gates for widebody aircraft and 10 remote gates. The terminal will also house 32 arrivals immigration counters with eight e-gate provisions on a mezzanine level.
Aviation infrastructure expansion is one of the core pillars of Ethiopian Airlines' Vision 2025. It says it is continuously working on expanding airport facilities and the features of the new airport will play “a key role in protecting passengers’ and employees’ safety as airport experience becomes contactless,” it says.
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