Addis Ababa September 25/2018 The Ethiopian Airlines said that the passenger terminal, being built at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has started providing service partially.
The passenger terminal is part of an expansion project being conducted to ease congestion at the existing terminal and properly serve the ever increasing passengers.
Up on going fully operational, the passenger terminal will have a capacity to accommodate 20 million passengers per year.
Transport Minister Siraj Fagessa and other stakeholders have visited the various expansion projects including a five star hotel being developed by the national flag carrier.
Speaking at the occasion, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewelde GebreMariam said that the expansion project has currently reached 83 percent.
The construction of the terminal is being underway in the east and west direction of the existing terminal, of which the one found in the eastern direction has commenced service, as its construction has completed.
The existing passenger terminal has a capacity to give service to five million passengers; however, it has been accommodating 11 million passengers, creating congestion.
Transport Minister Siraj Fagessa said that expansion of the terminal would help to enhance the country’s capacity in the sector and play pivotal role in the expansion of tourism.
He expressed his hope that the project will make the Ethiopian a more preferred airliner among customers as it will have up-to-date facilities.
The construction of the terminal, being conducted at a cost of 345 million USD is expected to fully operational after three months.