DATA SPOTLIGHT: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

This year the Corporate Travel Community (CTC) will feature some topical insights into the world’s airlines, airports and country markets. Here, using the extensive profile insights available to CAPA – Centre for Aviation members to deliver a data snapshot at where they sit today in the Covid-19 impacted world, we look at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, which last year became the largest gateway for travel into Africa.

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.

NETWORK MAP (as at 28-Sep-2020)

GLOBAL RANKING (as at 28-Sep-2020)

DESTINATIONS (as at 28-Sep-2020)

ANNUAL CAPACITY (2012-2020*)NOTE:The values for this year are at least partly predictive up to 6 months and may be subject to change

WEEKLY DOMESTIC CAPACITY (2017 – 2020*)NOTE:*the values for this year are at least partly predictive up to six months and may be subject to change.

WEEKLY INTERNATIONAL CAPACITY (2017-2020*)NOTE:*the values for this year are at least partly predictive up to six months and may be subject to change.

CAPACITY SPLIT BETWEEN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS (w/c 28-Sep-2020)

CAPACITY SPLIT BETWEEN LOCAL AND FOREIGN OPERATORS (w/c 28-Sep-2020)

LARGEST AIRLINES BY CAPACITY (w/c 28-Sep-2020)

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AIRLINE BUSINESS MODEL CAPACITY SPLIT (w/c 28-Sep-2020)

ALLIANCE CAPACITY SPLIT (w/c 28-Sep-2020)

INTERNATIONAL MARKET CAPACITY BREAKDOWN BY REGION (w/c 28-Sep-2020)

DEPARTING SYSTEM SEATS BY CLASS (w/c 28-Sep-2020)

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