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Bole Addis Ababa (ADD) Airport

Bole Addis Ababa ADD Airport Overview

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport ADD - also referred to as 'AABIA' - is serving Ethiopia's capital city Addis Ababa and its surroundings.  It is situated at 2325 meters above sea level - and is the larger of Addis Ababa's two international airports (the other being Lideta Airport), and it is Ethiopia's busiest airports and one of the busiest in Africa, operated by the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise.

The Airport is located in the Bole district at the southern outskirts of the City of Addis Ababa, and is 8 km from city center (and 40 miles north of Debre Zeyit). Situated on Bole road, the Airport is accessible via motorways 1, 4, 5, & 7. 
For business travelers it may be noted that the Airport is only a 10-minute drive from the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC-AA) located on Menelik Avenue. The city of Addis Ababa is the headquarter for the African Union and the base for major UN agencies, inlcuding the OAU's secretariat.

With two long runways and an estimated 6.5 million passengers in 2012, AABIA is hub to Ethiopian Airlines operating out of Terminal 2 (serving the African continent, as well as Asia, Europe and America), and is served by some international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all parts of the globe.

Passengers can either electronically check-in and print their own 2D barcoded boarding passes, or use SITA Cuss kiosks for self-check-in.

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has a Domestic and  an International Terminals:
The renovated and expanded Domestic Terminal 1 has 4 airline gates.
The new steel-and-glass International Terminal 2, opened in 2003, with 7 airline gates, is one of the largest ones on the African continent, with three levels (the height of a six-storey building), with its own parking garage, shopping complex & restaurants. 

Other amenities inside the passenger terminals include a bank branch, currency exchange service, post office, VIP lounge, first aid station, travel agency & tour operator, a few food & drink establishments, gift shops, newsstands & duty-free shops. Bole Airport's baggage handling system can handle up to 8,000 bags per hour. 
Cloud Nine passengers can use the Cloud Nine Lounge offering a number of amenities, including computers & wireless connection.

Parking options at Bole International include a parking garage in front of the International terminal and a parking lot in front of the Domestic Terminal.

Rental cars can be arranged by tour operators & travel agencies inside the Airport's arrivals areas. (A rental car desk for Avis, tel. 510355, is available at the Ras Hotel on Churchill Avenue (the city's main thoroughfare),

To get from Bole Airport to your destination you can rent a car, take a taxi (one of the cream-colored taxis operated by National Tour), or a bus: A shuttle bus to/from the city center is sponsored by  Ethiopian Airlines (tel. (011) 465 2222). Your best bet is to stop by at the tourist information desks located at Arrivals. 
The city has two bus terminals - the Autobus Terra near Mercato and the smaller terminal at Ras Mekonin Avenue, near the railway station (with buses to Nazret and Debre Zeyit). 
The blue-and-white minibuses are efficient means to get around within the city. 

Present & future Airport developments:   Plans now call for a new international airport with a new access road, to be located between Modjo & Meki towns on the Hawassa Road - thereafter AABIA will serve as airport for regional & VIP flights, as well as general aviation - while the new airport would handle long-haul internatinal flights.   Also, a luxury hotel is being built to accommodate transit passengers.  


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