ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES’ NEW HOME NOW COMPLETE AS DEPARTURE TERMINAL OPENS FOR PASSENGERS
(Posted 28th August 2020)
Ethiopian Airlines, part of the largest aviation group in Africa, today announced that it has successfully completed a new passenger terminal at its hub Addis Ababa Bole International Airport with emphasis on Bio Security and Bio Safety measures.
The new departure terminal has a check-in hall with sixty check-in counters, thirty self-check-in kiosks, ten self-bag drop/SBD/, sixteen immigration counters with more e-gate provision and sixteen central security screening areas for departing passengers, all of which transformed the airport departure experience.
In addition, the construction added three more contact gates for wide body aircraft along with ten remote contact gates with people mover – travelator, escalator, and panoramic lifts. It will house thirty-two arrival immigration counters with eight e-gate provisions at the mezzanine floor level.
Regarding the expanded infrastructure, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines remarked, “I am very pleased to witness the realization of a brand-new terminal at our hub.
While Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has overtaken Dubai to become the largest gateway to Africa last year, the new terminal will play a key role in cementing that position. 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 Biosafety and Biosecurity in mind. I’m sure our esteemed customers will highly appreciate that.”
Aviation infrastructure expansion is one of the core pillars of Ethiopian’s Vision 2025. Ethiopian is continuously working on expanding airport facilities. The features of the new airport play a key role in protecting passengers’ and employees’ safety as airport experience becomes contactless.
Ethiopian Airlines operated throughout the pandemic and offered over 40 repatriation flights a week from around the globe. The airline continues to restore connections to their Africa network as airports and countries have opened up again but has also resumed scheduled passenger flights to a wide range of other destinations, in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Gulf area and into Asia.
In addition to these investments is construction ongoing for the second phase of the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, which upon completion will nearly triple the room capacity from presently 373 rooms and suites to over 1.000.