Ethiopian to Build New Africa’s Grand Airport

Ethiopian to Build New Africa’s Grand Airport

ENA January 15/2020In its quest to become Africa’s gateway into the world, the national flag carries Ethiopian Airlines set to build new massive airport this year with an outlay of 5 billion USD.
The new airport, which is located around the town of Bishoftu, South East of the capital Addis Ababa spans 35 square kilometer of land and is reportedly the biggest airport in Africa.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said that Ethiopian have completed its vision 2025 seven years ahead of time.

He added that it was a remarkable progress especially during the very challenging operating environment that it has passed in the last 10 years where many airlines have terminated.

“We have not only survived but also we have grown. So all the targets that we have planned for vision 2025 are completed by 2018,” he added.

The CEO pointed out “we came up with new vision 2035 which is predominantly scaling up the growth and more fleet, passengers, destinations and particularly a new airport.”

The existing Bole International airport in Addis Ababa is one of the busiest airports in Africa nearly filled to its capacity though expansion undergone, the CEO said.

So, Tewolde pointed out that a new airport is needed to take the pressure off the overcrowded with increasing amount of business travelers.

“Because Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us; we have beautiful expansion project, the airport looks very beautiful and very large but with the growth that we are going every year in about 3 or 4 years we are going to be full. So we have started now a new project around Bishoftu a place called Absera.”

Upon completion the new international airport has an annual passenger handling capacity of 100 million with grand duty free shopping malls, hotels, logistics and training centers, will be an airport city.

“We have identified 35 square kilometer land to be developed as an airport and it is about 5 billion USD project larger than the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). And it is going to accommodate 100 million passengers; larger than Dubai and more or less equal to the new Istanbul airport,” he elaborated.

The over 7 decades old Ethiopian, which is Africa’s largest airlines, was able to earn 4 billion USD in 2019 from transporting 12 million passengers and 432,000 tons of freighters.

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  1. Where is the land coming from and how is it going to be acquired? Continuing evicting Oromo farmers as usual?

    I had access to Ethiopian Airlines inflight magazine, “Selamta”, back two decades ago, and was always puzzled by the length to which the company was going to help the anti-Oromo camp to hide the great Oromo people from the world. If I may remember well, under the title, “major languages spoken in Ethiopia”, “Amharic, “Omomigna”…, were listed. No mention of Affaan Oromo back then; not even the “Oromigna” term which Abyssinians used to refer to our language was in sight in the magazine. (I do not know if corrections might have been made recently; it would be great if those who have access can check). Mind you, I also knew that their were always some Oromo individuals in the senior management team at that time (insignificant in number, though), and wondered why they could not help to correct the errors.

    The following questions in conjunction with other important issues must be raised and get answers:

    1) What is in the expansion of the airport for the Oromo who will be evicted from their ancestral land? How will they benefit?

    2) What kind of compensation will be given to Oromo farmers in order to substitute for the loss of their livelihoods as well as psychological impacts as a result of the project?

    3) Have the Oromo people who will be affected been consulted and consent to the project?

    4)Who will have the final say to grant the required land, and who will be receiving tax revenues related to the developments (Oromia state government versus the federal government)?

    OA

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