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Council of Ministers to endorse construction site for new mega airport

Council of Ministers to endorse construction site for new mega airport

The Council of Ministers will soon endorse the selected construction site for the proposed new mega hub airport.

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group is under preparation to embark on the design and construction of a new international airport outside of Addis Ababa that will have the capacity to handle 80 million passengers per annum. A French consulting firm, ADPI, has conducted a study on site selection and presented the selected site to Ethiopian Aviation Group.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told The Reporter that the Council of Ministers will soon approve the selected site. The proposed site called Abusera is located 19km on the right side of the Tulu Dimtu Toll Road Booth on the Addis Ababa-Adama Expressway.

The proposed mega hub will not only be an airport but includes the construction of various other related infrastructures that would make it an airport city. Delivering a speech at the inauguration of the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal expansion project and Ethiopian Skylight Hotel on Sunday January27, Tewolde said the mega airport will have four parallel runways and a designed capacity of handling 80 million passengers per annum. According to him, the airport city will encompass a large duty free network for shopping, tourists’ entertainment centers, a business center and real estate developments.  It will also have logistics centers and star-rated hotels. Ethiopian Aviation Group hopes to complete the new mega international airport by 2030.

Tewolde said following the merger of Ethiopian Airports Enterprise into the group it is developing various global standard airport developments, operation and management capabilities not only to manage Ethiopian Airports but also develop and manage airports in Africa and the rest of the world including air traffic management system.

The CEO revealed the revised version of Vision 2020 now dubbed Vision 2030. “In our Vision 2030 we shall reposition Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group to be one of the top 20 global airlines in the world by doubling our fleet to over 200 airplanes, expand our destinations and increase our annual capacity to more than 30 million passengers and handling over 1.5 million tons of cargo.”

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) who inaugurated the terminal expansion and five-star Ethiopian Skylight Hotel applauded the management of Ethiopian Aviation Group for successfully accomplishing the infrastructure projects. Abiy, who also visited the aviation academy, maintenance center and flight operations, said that the management of Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group now should focus of the construction of the new mega airport.

Once the Council of Ministers approved the Abusera site, ADPI will start working on the airport master plan. The mega hub airport project could consume four billion dollars. Ethiopian Airports CEO Tewodros Dawit told The Reporter that the mega international airport would make Ethiopia the leading aviation hub in the region.