Addis Ababa Bole Airport
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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the major international airport serving the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The airport is the busiest in the country and ranks among the busiest in Africa, serving over six million passenger p/a and hosting airlines from across Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The airport is the hub for national airline Ethiopian Airlines.
Location of Addis Ababa Bole Airport, Ethiopia
Ground Handlers servicing Addis Ababa Bole Airport
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Star Alliance has further cemented its position as the leading alliance in Africa after Ethiopian Airlines officially became a member on 13-Dec-2011. Ethiopian, which has been working on joining Star since being accepted as a new member in Sep-2010, becomes the third African carrier in Star following South African Airways (SAA) and EgyptAir. Ethiopian’s membership significantly boosts Star’s presence on the continent, adding 23 African destinations to the Star Alliance network. Four of the top five African carriers are now aligned, and three of these four are in Star.
Overall the African continent remains largely unaligned. But Star is currently not looking to recruit another African carrier. Instead Star is looking forward to Ethiopian subsidiary ASKY later joining the alliance. Togo-based ASKY would improve Star’s connections in West Africa, the alliance’s weakest region within Africa. Ethiopian gives Star a stronghold in East Africa and Africa overall as Ethiopian has the largest African network among any African carrier, with 40 destinations. Star is already strong in southern Africa, where SAA is based, while EgyptAir is based in North Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines is one of the largest and most profitable carriers in Africa. It has 34 aircraft on order, including 10 B787-8s with a network of 56 international destinations and 17 codeshare partners.
It plans to join Star Alliance and in 2010 had an operating profit of ETB1.6 billion (USD92 million). Ethiopian has forged a successful path for its expansion plans and has come a long way since its beginnings as a joint venture between the Ethiopian Government and Trans World Airlines.
The carrier has set an ambitious, but realistic, 15-year strategic plan that includes becoming the single largest airline in Africa. It intends to generate revenues of ETB171 billion (USD10 billion) per year, acquire a fleet of 70 aircraft and improve its Skytrax customer service ranking from three to four stars.
If successful, the plan would make Ethiopian Airlines the largest and most profitable carrier in Africa.
The next several months promises to be an exciting period for Ethiopian Airlines as the fast-growing African carrier prepares to enter Star and become one of the world’s first B787 operators.
African airlines are projected to return to profitability in 2010 for the first time since 2002, reflecting stronger economic activity and bolstered by what IATA describes as "a decade of cost-cutting, restructuring, and re-engineering." Many of Africa's 53 countries are experiencing rapid economic growth, spurred by global demand for commodities, led by China's insatiable need for raw materials. Reflecting these developments, projections for African airline profits stand at a combined USD100 million profit in 2010 with a breakeven result anticipated for 2011. It follows an estimated USD100 million loss in 2009. In this installment in CAPA's series on the world's Hottest Airlines to Watch in 2011, we focus on the movers and shakers in Africa.
Turkish Airlines (THY) is being encouraged to launch services between Istanbul and Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. It is not the first time that the airline has been linked to new African services but on this occasion comes the admission there is a wider agenda involving trade and specifically mining and energy. Could Turkey be about to emulate China, which has been flooding the African continent with executive manpower - especially where there are sparse resources to be mined - using essential air transport as bait?
As global alliances gather momentum, radiating from their core partners in Europe and North America, each region is experiencing the influence that the groupings can bring. Africa is no exception, but the lack of fully viable locally based carriers offers something of a challenge in finding partners to expand beyond the small number already accounted for.
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