Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) - The Airport for Modern Africa
The Addis Adaba international Airport or ADD is the national airport of the the country’s capital city, addis adaba of Ethopia. It is a public Airport and is operated by Ethiopian Airports Enterprise. It was earlier known as the Haile Selassie I International Airport. It is not only the base for Ethiopian Airlines; that is the country’s national airlines serving the country to destinations throughout the continent as well as to Asia, the north America and South America, and Europe, but also acts as a base for the Ethiopian Aviation Academy. A total of around 150 flights landed to and departed from the airport everyday as per the statistics of July 2013.
Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia, and it also happens to be the country’s largest city. The word Addis Ababa is literally translated to Natural Spring. It has great historic landmarks like the Addis Abeba City Hall, Lion of Judah Monument and St George’s Cathedral. Addis Abeba is even called the City of Humans and Adisaba unofficially. The expansion plan to the airport was announced in 1997 and was decided to be conducted in three phases. The first phase included an addition of parallel runway and an expansion of the current one. The second phase called for the building of a new terminal, while the third phase comprised of the construction of a 38m control tower. This was in order to facilitate the air traffic and keep in pace with the increasing need for organized transport.
Because of its status of a chartered city that is of city which is also a status Addis Ababa is of great political, economic and historical significance to the Addis Adaba acts as a headquarter to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and other regional and international structures. It is also the country where the African Union is based.
There are two terminals at Addis Abeba International Airports, with a total eleven gates and over thirty parking stands for air carriers are built behind the terminals that stand remote. The first terminal has four gates and the second terminal has seven gates. Terminal 1 serves the local and national flights for the Ethiopian Airlines that is the country’s international airline, along with serving EgyptAir, Sudan Airways and Yemenia. The Second terminal is built to cater to the international airlines and other the ones that are in service to the airport.
As for the lounges, the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has been embellished with the initial phase of Cloud Nine Business Class Lounge in 2012 coutesy to the Ethiopian Airlines, which is done as part of its vision, ‘Vision 2025 Fast Growth Plan.’ The lounge currently features modern facilties for the premium and exclusive business travelers. The second phase of development of airport lounge as part of the Growth plan is in the pipeline and once developed, the Cloud Nine business Class lounge will then go farther to include a spa, private digital lockers, and traditional coffee corners and will become thrice the size of the current size. At the present it has a free wifi corner with internet connection, individual reading lamps, sleeping cots and massage chairs.
ADD international airport transports around three million passengers a year regionally and internationally with airlines flying to and from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Around fifteen flights operate at the airport. Some of its destinations in its diversified range include Beijing, Cairo, Dubai, Bahrain, Knartoum, Jeddah, Mombasa, Mumbai and Tel-Aviv.
How to Check-in:
The check-in counters open four hours before the airlines departure, and get shut off an hour before the departure. Passengers should come with the bookings confirmed and complete travel documents which will need to be presented at the counters. They should also make sure that their luggage is within limit, otherwise extra charge will have to be paid. Exclusive counters are provided separately for cloud nine passengers and Silver/Gold Sheba Miles members that fly frequently. At time of checking-in at the counter, the staff is always available for help till the passengers check through and the boarding pass is given. Passengers are recommended to check in at the airport three hours before the departure time of the flight.
Depending on the destination, route and the traveling class chosen, the passengers are allowed different limits of free checked baggage allowance. Extra pay is given over luggage that exceeds limit. On all Ethiopian routes, only two pieces of hand luggage is allowed that can only weight 8 kgs at their highest. They should not cover an area of 8 by 16 by 22 inches of the cabin’s area.
As for the seating, the Bole Airport offers Long Range Passenger Services, Medium Range Services and Domestic Services and Domestic Range Services. Special seating facilities exist for cloud 9 passengers too.
Flights can be booked online as well as through flight booking offices and stalls that are also present at the airport, in exchange for a booking fee.