Ethiopia to break ground for new mega airport project by Bini

The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise is going to break ground for the mega international airport construction it is planning to undertake in the vicinity of Addis Ababa.

At the Airport and Infrastructures and MRO (maintenance repair and overhaul) conference held at the UNECA conference center on September 22-24, the Ethiopian Minister of Transport, Workneh Gebeyehu, said that Ethiopia is to break ground for a new mega hub airport in the vicinity of Addis Ababa. “The new mega hub will move the aviation industry in Ethiopia to a higher level.” When completed the new mega airport will have the capacity to handle 120 million passengers a year.

“It will make Addis Ababa the aviation hub of Africa. The new airport will be the second mega project in the country (next to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam)”, Workneh said.

The Ethiopian Airport Enterprise has hired a French consultancy firm, ADPI, that undertakes the study on new mega hub airport construction. The enterprise plans to build an airport city. ADPI has been working on the site location for the past one year.

CEO of the Ethiopian Airport Enterprise, Tewodros Dawit, told The Reporter that previously ADPI had selected eight locations as possible construction site. After conducting a thorough detailed technical study and analysis, ADPI proposed three locations– Abusera locality near Akaki town, Alem Tena, near Modjo town and Tefki, a small town on Jimma road.

Tewodros told The Reporter that ADPI recently submitted the report to the Ethiopian Airport Enterprise. After evaluating the report, the enterprise presented the report to the Ministry of Transport. According to Tewodros, the ministry will organize a consultative meeting with all stakeholders and arrive at a decision. “After holding adequate deliberations and evaluating the proposed locations the government will make a final decision.”

The new mega international airport will have the capacity to handle more than 100 million passengers a year. The airport will have four runways and a number of passenger terminals. It will be built phase by phase. Though the total cost of the construction is yet to be determined after detailed engineering cost analysis, the cost of the project is estimated at around four billion dollars.