Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines will open its new cargo terminal, with an annual storage capacity of 1.2 million tons, in April 2017 at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, the airline announced on Thursday confirming that 82 percent of the construction work has been completed.
Designed for storage of both dry and perishable goods, the terminal has the capacity to handle eight B747-800 freighters at a time.
"When it goes operational, the terminal will have an uplifting capability equivalent to cargo terminals at Amsterdam Schiphol, Singapore Changi or Hong Kong airports," the airline said in a press statement, adding that construction of the first phase will cost about US$150 million.
Recapping the company's performance in 2016, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said: "Ethiopian was successful in the concluded year, despite the challenges posed in African aviation industry.
“Yet, we are very proud of the new heights Ethiopian has flown in the year: we celebrated our 70th anniversary, inaugurated the largest and the finest Aviation Academy in Africa and a state-of-the-art In-flight Catering facility which is the largest in Africa, introduced Africa’s first Ethiopian Airbus A350, and spread our wings to more countries on five continents.”
Ethiopian Airlines, often referred to as simply Ethiopian, is Ethiopia's flag carrier and is wholly owned by the government. It was founded on 21 December 1945 and commenced operations on 8 April 1946.
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