The first few days of February have seen a flurry of announcements hit the TD inbox, including digital transformations, re purposed aircraft and, of course a couple of new destinations.
But first news from Africa…
Ethiopian Airlines, hosted a double celebration this week as they launched their new state-of-the-art passenger terminal at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and officially opened their own brand new ultra-modern 5-star Skylight Hotel.
Addressing a gathering of VIPS, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam said: “While Addis Ababa Airport took over Dubai as the largest air transport hub between Africa and the rest of the world, this grand terminal building is further evidence of the development of Bole Airport as one of the largest and most convenient global aviation hubs.”
The new USD 363 million passenger terminal will help to serve the huge increase in volume through and into the airport. The airport will now be able to accommodate 22 million passengers annually thanks to its additional 86,000 sqm in terminal 2, 16,000 sqm in terminal 1 and 6,000 sqm for the new VIP terminal.
Ethiopian Skylight Hotel offers much needed 5-star accommodation to this fast-growing capital city. Conveniently located adjacent to the airport, its unique aircraft shape design provides 373 guest rooms and spacious executive suites, four restaurants including the largest Chinese restaurant in Africa, two bars, a swimming pool, gym, health centre, café and gift shops. The hotel also has five meeting rooms and a huge conference hall that can accommodate 2000 people to attract the regional and international MICE market.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said: “Ethiopian Airlines is our national pride and a special icon among our companies as it carries our common name Ethiopia and our national flag.