Bole International Airport expansion project reaches 60 percent

Addis Ababa, November 10, 2017 (FBC) –The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport expansion project, whose construction started three years ago at cost of 350 million US dollars, has reached 60 percent.

Nearly all civil works on the project, except some electromechanical systems, have been completed, said Tewodros Dawit, the Ethiopian Airlines Group Airports’ Enterprise Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The expansion, which was scheduled to be completed in three year will take additional time due to change in design and other related problems, he told FBC yesterday.

Once completed, the expansion project will raise the airports’ annual passengers handling capacity to 22 million from 6.7 million now, Tewodros said

The first phase of the expansion project will be finalized on next June, he indicated.

A study is also underway to build a mega airport within a radius of 100 kilometers of Addis Ababa so as to meet the increasing demand for air transport service, Tewodros noted.

Three sites were selected out of ten and they were referred to pertinent bodies for approval, he said.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat