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Ethiopia inaugurates Africa’s biggest airport in Addis Ababa

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has inaugurated the Bole International airport located in Addis Ababa, making it the biggest airport in Africa.

The Bole airport will now be handling over 22 million passengers a year. Expansion works on the airport were fully completed weeks ago.

Some of the expanded terminals already started servicing passengers in September last year.

According to the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, the expansion work cost “a total of $363 million”.

It also said that “equipped with the latest technology, security systems and other modern facilities the airport can now cater to 22 million passengers annually.

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With the completed expansion work at the Bole airport, it has now taken over from South Africa’s O.R. Tambo Airport which has the capacity to handle 20 million passengers per year.

Parts of the terminal at the Bole International Airport. Photo: Twitter/ @Zemedeneh

Ethiopian airline is expected to benefit significantly from this expansion work. The airline last year partnered with Chad to launch a new carrier.

There are plans of similar launches in Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea.

New terminal of Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: Daily Active

In 2017, the Ethiopian airline and the airports merged to form a single group.

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The Ethiopian Airlines already has the mantle as Africa’s biggest airline. It’s parent group now owns the biggest airport in Africa.




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