Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

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Addis Ababa Bole
International Airport

አዲስ አበባ ቦሌ ዓለም አቀፍ አውሮፕላን ማረፊያ
Bole international airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Ethiopian Airports Enterprise
Serves Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location Bole
Hub for Ethiopian Airlines
Elevation AMSL 2,334 m / 7,656 ft
Coordinates 08°58′40″N 38°47′58″E / 8.97778°N 38.79944°E / 8.97778; 38.79944Coordinates: 08°58′40″N 38°47′58″E / 8.97778°N 38.79944°E / 8.97778; 38.79944
ADD is located in Ethiopia
Location of airport in Ethiopia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07R/25L 3,800 12,467 Asphalt
07L/25R 3,700 12,139 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 6,500,000Increase,[1]

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA: ADDICAO: HAAB) serves the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is located in the Bole area, 6 km (3.7 mi) southeast of the city centre and 65 km (40 mi) north of Debre Zeyit. The airport was formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport.[2] It is the main hub of Ethiopian Airlines, the national airline that serves destinations in Ethiopia and throughout the African continent, as well as nonstop service to Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The airport is also the base of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy.[3] As of 31 July 2013, more than 150 flights per day were departing from and arriving at the airport.[4]


In 1960, Ethiopian Airlines realized the runway at Lidetta was too short for its new jet aircraft, the Boeing 720. Thus a new airport was built at Bole.[5]

By December 1992 the new Runway and Control tower where operational. In 1997, an expansion plan was announced for the airport.[6] This expansion would be done in three phases:

  • Phase One: Add a parallel runway, and expand the old runway.
  • Phase Two: Construction of a brand new terminal with a large parking area, a shopping complex and restaurants.
  • Phase Three: Construction of the 38m control tower (double the height of the previous one) and installation of new electrical and fire-fighting equipment.

The expansion of the old runway, and addition of the new runway, would be capable of handling the Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 aircraft. The new parallel would consist of five entrances and exits to the old runway, which serve as taxiway.[6] The proposed terminal would house a high tech security and baggage handling system built on more than 43,000 square metres of land. The terminal will also have banks and duty-free shops.[7] The new control tower would be built in between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, replacing the old control tower.[6]

In 2003, the new international passenger terminal was opened, making it one of Africa's largest airport passenger terminals.[8] The new terminal is capable to handle about 3,000 passengers an hour.[9] This project was worth a total of 1.05 billion birr ($130 million).[10] At the time, the airport was one of a number of airport terminal constructions that have been underway in Ethiopia.[7]

In 2006, a new cargo terminal and maintenance hangar was opened five months late. This was because of expanded specifications vastly to improve Ethiopian Airlines’ handling capacity and needs. The facility can accommodate three to four aircraft at a time. This project was worth a total of 340 million birr.[11] At the same time, the first Airbus A380 arrived at the airport to undertake tests to validate its Engine Alliance GP7200 engines performance from high altitude airports.[12] The airport is capable of accommodating the A380.[13]

In 2010, the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise announced another expansion project worth $27.9 million at the airport. The project will include expansion of the aircraft parking capacity from 19 to 44 in order to accommodate heavier aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Boeing 777. In the first phase of the project, 15 parking areas will be constructed and the remaining will be completed in the next phase. The expansion will help in easing air traffic congestion due to increase in international travel.[6] This would lead to the new expansion plan in 2012.


Terminal, cargo, hangar, expansion of the runway and hotel construction expansion is underway and currently under construction by Chinese state-owned companies.[14]

The expansion work is being undertaken in two phases on an 80-hectare site. The first phase of the expansion work had enabled the airport to accommodate 15 additional aircraft, reducing traffic congestion at the airport. The second phase of the expansion work will enable the airport to service 10 additional aircraft. The airport will be able to service a total of 44 aircraft upon the completion of the expansion.[15] The airport also plans to expand the apron which purportedly can solve the persistent aircraft parking problem it faces particularly during large international conferences.[16]

In 2012, expansion of the new passenger terminal was announced. The outlay of this expansion was projected at $250 million.[17] At the same time, a new ramp was completed and can now park 24 aircraft. Another ramp is being built for 14 more aircraft. At the same time, the first phase of expanding the taxiways and adding more aircraft parking was completed.[18] Eventually, this will lead to the expansion of the terminal. This all falls in line with Ethiopian Airlines’ plan, “Vision 2025”.[19]

Further Developments[edit]

It has been said that the current Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn gave the all clear to build a brand new international airport in the town of Mojo, 65 kilometers south of the capital’s current airport.[20] The senior official at the Ethiopian Airport Enterprise said that the officials of the enterprise and the Ministry of Transport briefed the Prime Minister about the planned grand airport project. Two other sites are also options.[21]


Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-700 taxiing at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.


The airport has two terminals with a total of 11 gates, plus more than 30 remote aircraft parking stands behind both Terminals. Terminal 1 has 4 gates and Terminal 2 has 7 gates. Terminal 1 serves Domestic and Regional flights for Ethiopian Airlines, EgyptAir, Sudan Airways, and Yemenia. Terminal 2 serves International flights and the rest of the airlines that serve the airport.[22][23]


In 2012, Ethiopian Airlines opened the first phase of its Cloud Nine Business Class Lounge at Bole International Airport. This will provide premium travelers with modern facilities and amenities. The second phase of the lounge’s construction will include a spa, private digital lockers for passengers to stow away their bags and a traditional Ethiopian coffee corner. Once complete, it will be three times the size of the existing lounge. Cloud Nine features a quiet corner with sleeping cots and individual reading lamps, massage chairs, and an internet corner with free Wi-Fi connection. The lounge is part of the airline’s “Vision 2025 Fast Growth Plan”.[24]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air China Beijing-Capital 2
EgyptAir Cairo 1
Emirates Dubai-International 2
Ethiopian Airlines Arba Minch, Asosa, Axum, Bahir Dar, Dar es Salaam, Dessie,[25] Dire Dawa, Djibouti, Gambella, Goba, Gode, Gondar, Hargeisa, Humera, Jijiga, Jimma, Juba, Kebri Dahar, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Lalibela, Mek'ele, Mombasa, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Semera,[26] Shire 1
Ethiopian Airlines Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Bamako, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Brussels, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cape Town,[27] Cotonou, Dakar, Dammam, Delhi, Doha, Douala, Dubai-International, Dublin,[28] Durban (resumes 16 December 2015),[29] Entebbe, Enugu, Frankfurt, Gaborone,[27] Goma, Guangzhou, Harare, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Kano,[30] Kinshasa-N'Djili, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lomé, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles,[28] Luanda, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Madrid, Mahé,[31] Malabo, Manila,[32] Maputo, Milan-Malpensa, Mumbai, Muscat, N'Djamena, Ndola, Niamey, Ouagadougou, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Pointe-Noire, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tokyo-Narita, Toronto-Pearson, Vienna, Washington-Dulles, Yaoundé,[33] Zanzibar 2
flydubai Dubai-International 2
Gulf Air Bahrain 2
Kenya Airways Djibouti, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2
Qatar Airways Doha 2
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh 2
Sudan Airways Khartoum 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2
Yemenia Sana'a 1


Airlines Destinations
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum[34]
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta[35]
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Accra, Beirut, Brazzaville, Brussels, Bujumbura, Cairo, Chennai, Dubai-International, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Khartoum, Kigali, Kinshasa-N'Djili, Lagos, Liège, Luxembourg, Maastricht/Aachen, Mumbai, Pointe-Noire[36]
Saudia Cargo Jeddah
Southern Air Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 18 March 1980, Douglas C-47B ET-AGM of Ethiopian Airlines crashed while on a single engined approach to Bole International Airport. The aircraft was on a training flight.[37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bekele, Kalyesus (21 December 2013). "Airport Enterprise to Invest $250 million in Bole Airport Expansion". The Reporter Ethiopia. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Underwood, John (12 April 1965). "The Number Two Lion in the Land of Sheba". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ethiopian – Aviation Academy". Ethiopian Airlines. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  4. ^ (ADD) Bole Airport Arrivals & Departures, FlightStats, 31 July 2013
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  6. ^ a b c d "Bole International Airport (ADD/HAAB) - Airport Technology". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "IRIN Africa - ETHIOPIA: State of the art airport terminal opens - Ethiopia - Economy". IRINnews. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "New terminal opens in Ethiopian capital". Duty Free News International - Travel Retail News. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
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  12. ^ "Ethiopia: Airbus Superjumbo A380 lands in Ethiopia". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Picture of an Airbus A380-861 at Addis Ababa-Bole International Airport". Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ethiopia Signs Air Services Agreement with Singapore". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Ethiopian News: First Phase Expansion Work At Addis Ababa Airport Completed". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "• The African Aviation Tribune •: ► ETHIOPIA: Bole International Airport expansion tenders awarded; new apron to be completed by January 2013.". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Ethiopian Airports Enterprise to expand passengers’ terminal of Bole Airport". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "1st phase taxiway expansion of Bole International Airport completed". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Addis Ababa expands to match Ethiopian’s growth plans". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Gives the Green Light to Build a Huge International Airport in Mojo, 65km from Addis Ababa". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
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  22. ^ "Ethiopia - Bole Airport to move regional flights to Terminal 1". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "ETV News - Bole International Airport domestic terminal to be a hub for eight East Africa Airlines". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines unveils business class lounge at Addis Ababa Airport". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Ethiopian Starts New Services to Bale Robe and Kombolcha" (Press release). Ethiopian Airlines. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  26. ^ Ethiopian AirlinesEthiopian Airlines. "Redirecting to Fly Ethiopian". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "Ethiopian to Start flights to Cape Town and Gabarone" (Press release). Ethiopian Airlines. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "Ethiopian Airlines Revises Planned Dublin / Los Angeles Launch to mid-June 2015". Airline Route. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
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  30. ^ "Kano in Nigeria Joins the Ever Expanding Global Network of Ethiopian" (Press release). Ethiopian Airlines. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  31. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines Resumes Seychelles Service from late-September 2014". Airline Route. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  32. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines Delays Manila Launch to July 2015". 5 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
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  34. ^ "Emirates SkyCargo Freighter Operations get ready for DWC move". Emirates SkyCargo. 2 April 2014. 
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  36. ^ Ethiopian AirlinesEthiopian Airlines. "Redirecting to Fly Ethiopian". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  37. ^ "ET-AGM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 

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