Bole Addis Ababa (ADD) Airport
Bole Addis Ababa ADD Airport Overview
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 currently a Domestic and an International Terminals T1 & T2:
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.
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),
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.
Present & future Airport developments: Ethiopian Airports Enterprise is embarking on a $250M expansion project - started March 2014 - which will include a new terminal (by extending existing Terminal 1(domestic & regional air traffic) and Terminal 2 (international air traffic) with related equipment, and construction of a new VIP terminal. The new terminal wlll include new boarding areas, gates & bridges; a new parking facility, shopping malls, lounges and more.
Completion of the project is scheduled for 2016/7.