Bole International Airport
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport serves the city of Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia...

, Ethiopia
Ethiopia , officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is the second-most populous nation in Africa, with over 82 million inhabitants, and the tenth-largest by area, occupying 1,100,000 km2...

. The airport is located in the Bole area, 6 km (3.7 mi) south east of Addis Ababa City Centre and 65 km (40.4 mi) north of Debre Zeyit
Debre Zeyit
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. Formerly known as Haile Selassie I
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 International Airport, it is the main hub
Airline hub
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 of Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines , formerly Ethiopian Air Lines, often referred to as simply Ethiopian, is an airline headquartered on the grounds of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It serves as the country's flag carrier, and is wholly owned by the Government of Ethiopia...

, the national airline
Flag carrier
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 which has service to destinations in Ethiopia and throughout the African continent
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, as well as nonstop service to Asia
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, Europe
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, and North America
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. Bole International is also served by BMI
Bmi (airline)
British Midland Airways Limited , is an airline based at Donington Hall in Castle Donington in the United Kingdom, close to East Midlands Airport, and a fully owned subsidiary of Lufthansa...

, Daallo Airlines
Daallo Airlines
Daallo Airlines is an airline, headquartered in the Dubai Airport Free Zone in Al Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With its main base at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, the airline operates scheduled services in East Africa and the Middle East...

, Djibouti Airlines
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, Egypt Air, Emirates Airline
Emirates Airline
Emirates is the airline based in the Emirate of Dubai part of the United Arab Emirates . Based at Dubai International Airport it is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 2,400 flights per week, from its hub at Terminal 3, to 111 cities in 62 countries across six continents...

, flyDubai
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, Gulf Air
Gulf Air
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, Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways
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, KLM, Lufthansa
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, Saudi Arabian Airlines
Saudi Arabian Airlines
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, Sudan Airways
Sudan Airways
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, Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines
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 and Yemen Airlines
Yemen Airlines
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. Air Arabia
Air Arabia
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, Arik Air
Arik Air
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, Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways
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, Oman Air
Oman Air
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, and Qatar Airways
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 have announced plans of starting services to Addis Ababa in the near future. Previous operators like South African Airways
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, Air France
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, and Aeroflot
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 has ceased operations.Bole International Airport has been viewed by many carriers as a gateway to Africa, thus making it a potential connecting airport to other parts of Africa via Ethiopian Airlines' vast African network. It is a hub for many local chartered flights. It is also one of the main pilot training and aircraft maintenance centers in Africa.

Bole International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa with 3,497,847 passengers recorded in 2009. To accommodate the growing traffic volume, Bole airport has become the third largest airport in Africa by area. By 2011, the airport had become the 3rd busiest airport in the Africa by cargo traffic, registering 2,420,997 tonnes. Taxi service from the airport to Addis Ababa is available. The airport is well known for its strict security checks before entering it. The airport is capable of accommodating the Airbus A380-800.

In 2003, a new international passenger terminal
Airport terminal
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 opened, one of the largest on the continent. This accompanied the completion of a new runway.The airport's runway, at 4,725 metres (15,502 ft), is one of the longest in Africa. It compares with OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, whose longest runway measures 4,418 metres (14,495 ft). It has over 100 flights registered for takeoffs and landings on a single day making it one of the busiest and fastest growing airports in Africa
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 and poised to overtake leading airports in the future.The runway after completion will be used by both the civilian airport and the Ethiopian Air Force
Ethiopian Air Force
The Ethiopian Air Force is the air arm of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces and is tasked with protecting the air space, providing support to the ground forces as well as assisting during national emergencies.- Early years :...

 whose new base will be situated on the southern side of the runway. Vast cargo
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 , hangar
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 and hotel
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 construction expansion is underway by renowned Chinese state-owned companies.

Ethiopian Airlines passengers are offered two lounges at Bole International Airport. Cloud Nine passengers can wait for the departure of flights at the Cloud Nine Lounge, where they are provided with a wide variety of amenities, as well as personal computers or wireless connection.


The airport has two terminals with a total of 11 gates
Gate (airport)
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. Terminal 1 has 4 gates and Terminal 2 has 7 gates. Terminal 1 serves Domestic flights and regional international destination such as East African cities and Sanaa and Terminal 2 serves International flights. Another Terminal 3 has been proposed for construction to accommodate the fast growing number of international carriers.Vast expansion of the runaway,terminals and hangars are under construction by Chinese companies.When the full expansion is completed by 2011, the airport will have three terminals and three concourses, two cargo mega terminals, an airport free zone, an expo centre with three large exhibition halls, a major aircraft maintenance hub and a flower center to handle perishable goods and five star hotel to accommodate transit passengers.The baggage handling system - largest system and also the deepest in Africa - has a capacity to handle 8,000 bags per hour.

Airlines and destinations

Cargo airlines

Accidents and incidents

  • On 18 March 1980, Douglas C-47B ET-AGM of Ethiopian Airlines
    Ethiopian Airlines
    Ethiopian Airlines , formerly Ethiopian Air Lines, often referred to as simply Ethiopian, is an airline headquartered on the grounds of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It serves as the country's flag carrier, and is wholly owned by the Government of Ethiopia...

     crashed whilst on a single engined approach to Bole International Airport. The aircraft was on a training flight.

See also

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