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Addis Ababa’s Bole Airport Opens New Terminal

Ethiopian Airlines has successfully unveiled its new passenger terminal at Bole International Airport. The flag carrier ensured the terminal was designed with a focus on bio-security and bio-safety measures.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopian’s capital city, houses Bole International Airport and serves as Ethiopian Airlines’ central hub.The new terminal is also part of the carrier’s 15-year growth plan, referred to as Vision 2025.

The new terminal is equipped with 60 check-in counters and 30 self-check-in kiosks. There are also 10 spots for self bag-drop services, 16 immigration counters, and 16 screening areas for security purposes.

Further, the development of the terminal needed to accommodate widebody aircraft. There are three contact gates for the planes, and 10 remote contact gates, which includes travelators, panoramic lifts, and escalators.

It is Africa’s largest airport and can handle 22 million passengers yearly with its 32 counters and eight e-gate provisions at the arrival section. These are on the mezzanine floor level.

Opening a new terminal is a significant part of Ethiopian’s Vision 2025 project. Essentially, one of the core pillars is aviation infrastructure expansion. Vision 2025 is Ethiopian Airlines’ 15-year plan that focuses on transforming the airline and cementing its position as Africa’s largest airline group.

“What makes the new terminal unique is that it’s the first terminal in the world to be completed after COVID-19. It was designed, not re-purposed, with Bio-safety and Bio-security in mind. I’m sure our esteemed customers will highly appreciate that,” CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam stressed.

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