Ethiopia plans Africa’s largest airport

Ethiopia’s transport minister Workneh Gebeyehu has announced plans to build Africa’s largest airport in or near Addis Ababa. The airport will have the capacity to handle 120 million passengers a year, have 4 runways and several terminals.

‘The new mega-hub will move the aviation industry in Ethiopia to a higher level. It will make Addis Ababa the aviation hub of Africa [and] be the second mega project in the country’ after the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, says Workneh Gebeyehu.

Currently, Ethiopian Airports Enterprise is working with French consultancy group ADPI and considering three sites for the airport. The government will consult locals before a choice is made before the end of 2015. Once this decision has been taken, information will be gathered, partners identified and pre-construction work will take place before construction begins within two years in phases, lasting for about a decade.

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