TheÂ projectÂ involves theÂ constructionÂ of a new passenger terminal as an extension to the existing Terminal 1 (domestic and regional) and Terminal 2 (international) and theconstructionÂ of a new VIP passenger terminal.
The new terminal will house boarding areas, lounges, recreation centres, shopping malls, offices and other facilities. New boarding gates, boarding bridges, and a new parking area are parts of theÂ project. The new parking area will serve passengers and staff members. TheÂ VIP terminalÂ which will have salons, lounges, conference rooms, recreation centres, duty-free shops, an information tech-nology centre and an exclusive parking lot.
TheÂ projectÂ marks the third and final phase of a $550-million expansion of the airport. Phase I involved expansion of the apron, which created parking space for ten more large aircraft, while Phase II, which is nearing completion, will allow 15 more additional large aircraft to park. When completed, it will increase the parking capacity ofÂ Bole International AirportÂ to a total of 44 large airplanes.
â€œAddis AbabaÂ is a gateway toÂ Africa. We are close toÂ Europe, theÂ Middle EastÂ and theÂ Far East. So, we want to linkÂ AfricaÂ to these regions,â€ says Tewodros.
He adds that the national carrier,Â Ethiopian Airlines, is the leading airline inÂ AfricaÂ and is playing a big role in connectingAfricaÂ with the rest of the world â€“ hence, the need for an airport that can accommodate the growing demand.Â Ethiopian AirlinesÂ was the first African airline to fly the modernÂ Boeing 787 DreamlinerÂ aircraft.
Expansion of the airport is critical to meeting the increasing traffic, both in terms of airlines and passengers numbers. Over the past decade, passenger traffic has been rising by an average of 25% a year to 6.5-million at present, compared with a capacity of five-million. When the expansion programme is completed, the airport will be able to handle 25-million passengers a year.