Ethiopia: Plans afoot to make Addis Ababa airport aviation hub between Africa and China

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia envisages making its capital, Addis Ababa, a strategic aviation hub between China and Africa, according to  Transport Minister Ahmed Shide, who described air infrastructure as a major pillar of cooperation between the two countries.

“We plan to make Ethiopia's capital city a strategic aviation hub between China and Africa,” Ahmed stated, explaining that Ethiopia's aim is to be an African aviation hub connecting the continent to the world's most populous country, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported Sunday.

“Aviation is an important area of cooperation by both governments, with Ethiopia's national air carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, becoming a connecting force between African and China,” the minister said.

Expansion work on Ethiopia's largest airport, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, funded by a US$345-million loan from China's Exim Bank, is being undertaken by a Chinese company.

Covering 74,000 square meters of land, the project is expected to increase the airport's annual passenger handling capacity from the current 7 million to 22 million.

The minister noted that Ethiopia expects Chinese cooperation in the aviation sector to grow with plans of the Ethiopian government to build a mega airport outside of Addis Ababa to meet its aviation ambitions.

The proposed mega airport would cost US$ 3 billion with capacity to handle up to 100 million passengers annually.
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23 july 2017 16:21:49

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