Ethiopia is taking over African skies with national carrier Ethiopian Airlines and the Bole International Airport expansion will further cement that position. The country’s airline is already the largest by revenues and profits in Africa and the country is now Africa’s gateway.


Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport is poised to take over as the largest airport in Africa upon its commissioning in January 2019. The expanded terminal partially commenced service in September after the Eastern wing was completed and at that point, the whole project was 83% completed. The whole project is expected to be inaugurated later this year.


The project to expand Bole International Airport commenced in December 2015.


The Bole expansion will make it the largest airport in Africa in terms of passenger handling capacity. Bole International will have a capacity of around 22 million passengers per year. Investments channeled towards the project prove the fact. $345 million (United States Dollars) has been directed towards the expansion with China Exim Bank providing all the financing required. China has not only helped fund the project but a Chinese contractor is also in charge of construction, namely China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). The French firm, ADPI is supervising the construction.


Once completed, the airport will cement the Ethiopian aviation industry’s dominance in Africa, and possibly push it towards global prominence too. Recently, ForwardKeys announced that Ethiopia had taken over as the gateway into Africa, Addis Ababa becoming a transfer port even bigger than Dubai.