Addis Ababa is set to achieve another milestone in the aviation sector with the confirmation of plans for a new airport. Mesfin Tasew, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, officially announced the initiative during a speech at the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom, dispelling rumors that had been circulating until then.
The new airport will be located at a distance of 38 kilometers south of Addis Ababa city, in a carefully selected geographical position. With four landing strips, it aims to become a major player in the field of aviation, both regionally and internationally.
Ethiopia Airlines major hub
The planned airport is intended to become the future main hub of the national airline, consolidating its position as a major player in air transport on the African continent.
Spectacular expansion of reception capacity
The new airport is designed to meet growing demand, with an estimated capacity of one hundred million passengers per year. This expansion represents a four-fold increase in the current number of passengers passing through Ethiopia’s capital airport each year, estimated at twenty-five million.
Optimal location in terms of altitude
Another point to highlight is that the airport will be located at a lower altitude than the current Addis Ababa Bole Airport, which is at 7,500 feet. This technical feature will help improve the operational performance of aircraft, and thus guarantee an even more qualitative flight experience for passengers.