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 currently a Domestic Terminal 1 (T1) and  an International Terminal 2 (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. 

Amenities & services 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:  In June 2014 it was reported that  work on the $250M expansion project started - involving construction of a new expansion area with the intent of consolidating existing Terminals 1 & 2. When completed, the new integrated terminal will accommodate 25M passengers a year - housing shopping malls, lounges, recreation centers, new boarding areas with new boarding gates & boarding bridges. Furthemore construction of a new VIP terminal is to be constructed.
Completion of the project is tentatively scheduled for 2016/7.


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