Revolutionizing Air Travel: Ethiopian Airlines Unveils New State-of-the-Art Terminal, Doubling Passenger Capacity

Visitors take in the sleek new domestic terminal at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 18, 2024. Ethiopian Airlines, the continent’s top and quickest expanding carrier, unveiled a Chinese-designed domestic terminal in the capital city over the weekend. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Africa’s biggest and fastest-growing airline, Ethiopian Airlines, revealed a newly constructed domestic terminal in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, during a recent ceremony.

The airline’s latest 50 million-dollar project at Bole International Airport will dramatically increase the terminal’s capacity to handle passengers annually through significant expansion and renovation efforts.

Mesfin Tassew, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, emphasized the importance of the Addis Ababa domestic terminal, linking the Ethiopian capital with over 20 domestic destinations, promoting integration, socio-economic growth, and boosting the tourism industry.

Tassew acknowledged the rising demand for domestic air travel services and growth in the tourism sector as driving factors behind the need for expansion and modernization of the Addis Ababa terminal.

The CEO praised the new terminal built by China Communications Construction Company for not only enhancing passenger capacity but also elevating the travel experience to meet international standards.

The expansion project has doubled the terminal’s size to 25,270 square meters, outfitted with top-notch passenger facilities to ensure a first-rate domestic air travel experience.

Ethiopian Airlines’ commitment to enhancing passenger satisfaction aligns with its goal of solidifying Ethiopia’s position as a premier tourism destination on the global stage.

Tourism Minister Nasise Chali lauded the renovated and expanded terminal for its role in improving the country’s tourism sector by offering superior travel experiences to both domestic and international visitors, enhancing the nation’s image in the process.

As part of its Vision 2035 strategic plan, Ethiopian Airlines aims to become a prominent aviation group by providing top-tier passenger and cargo transport, aviation training, airport management, and ground services.

The unveiling ceremony saw the presence of high-ranking Ethiopian government officials, Ethiopian Airlines executives, and representatives of the project contractor.

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