New Addis Ababa International Airport

New Airport
Completion: in 3 years (31-Dec-2024)
IATA: n/a
ICAO: n/a
City: Addis Ababa
Country/Territory: Ethiopia


  • Annual (pax):
    • 120,000,000

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New Addis Ababa International Airport is a planned airport construction project for the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airports Enterprise intends to construct this second airport in order to ease the capacity strain on the the current airport in Addis. The budget projected at between ETB40-50 billion (USD2-2.5 billion), and expected to feature four runways and will have capacity to handle up to 120 million passengers p/a once the project is complete. An associated ‘airport city’ will feature hotels, shopping malls, office buildings and apartments. ADP ingenierie is conducting the planning study for the new airport project. A new site as well as the construction's official schedule before 11-Sep-2018.

Jan-2018. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam stated the site of the future airport in Addis Ababa has been shortlisted to six possibilities. The site's criteria included proximity to the city as well as an altitude lower than 2300m. The new airport will feature four runways and accommodate up to 80 million passengers p/a. Ethiopia plans to announce the new site as well as the construction's official schedule before 11-Sep-2018.

Nov-2015. Ethiopia's Transport Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said the Ministry is finalising plans to commence construction of a new airport for Addis Ababa in 2016. The airport is expected to cost USD4 billion over eight years of construction, according to Mr Gebeyehu. The airport will have four runways and capacity for more than 100 million passengers p/a. The Ethiopian Government has narrowed the choice of prospective sites to three, all of which are between 37 and 44 miles from Addis Ababa. ADPI is conducting the planning study for the new facility.


19-Oct-2015. Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) announced it will move to seek loans to finance the new Addis Ababa international airport once a site has been selected. The USD4 billion airport will include an airport city and free zone, as part of plans to develop Addis Ababa as a major travel hub for Africa. The airport will be located within a 100km radius of the Ethiopian capital and will have a maximum design capacity of 120 million passengers p/a.

16-Oct-2015. Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) CEO Tewodros Dawit confirmed Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport is finalising plans for the development of a new major hub airport for Addis Ababa, with construction to start in 2016.

Sep-2015. Ethiopia's Minister of Transport Workneh Gebeyehu said the Ethiopian Airports Enterprises plans to start work on the new Addis Ababa International Airport in 2016. The short-list of sites for the airport has been narrowed from eight to three locations. Project consultant ADPI has submitted a report to the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise, which will evaluate the report and present its conclusions to the ministry. The new airport will have four runways and terminals with capacity to handle up to 120 million passengers p/a.

31-Mar-2015. Egypt's Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouly said the Egyptian Government is willing to participate in the development of the new Addis Ababa International Airport, as well as other transportation infrastructure projects, as part of efforts to increase the level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

27-Mar-2015. Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (AEA) CEO Tewodros Dawit said the new Addis Ababa International Airport will create one of the largest hubs in Africa and no other country on the continent is planning to develop as much airport capacity as Ethiopia. The airport maser plan calls for development of capacity for up to 100 million passengers p/a. The encroachment of urban areas on the existing Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, limiting space for expansion, combined with the existing overcrowding of the facility, has prompted the development of the new airport.

10-Mar-2015. Ethiopian Airports Enterprise project manager Hailu Gebre-Mariam reported the expansion of Addis Ababa Bole International Airport will be sufficient to handle projected demand growth for the next 15 years. The expansion of the airport, which handled 7 million passengers in 2014, is due to be completed by 2018. EAE plans to eventually construct a new airport at a site within a 60 to 70 km radius of Addis Ababa with a capacity for 70 million passengers p/a, to replace the current airport. The new airport could be operational by 2025.

Feb-2015. Ethiopian Airports Enterprise reported that it has narrowed down the potential sites for the New Addis Ababa International Airport from eight to three locations, with a final decision on location to be made within the next six months. The airport will be located within 70 km of Addis Ababa. Once a site is selected, work is expected to take four to five years before the new airport goes into operation.

Mar-2014. Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) head of public relations Wondim Teklu said sites at Dukem, Modjo and Tefki were identified for the construction of a new airport serving Addis Ababa. The Dukem site its 30km southeast of Addis Ababa, Modjo is 70km to the southeast and Tefki is 39km to the west. EAE plans to undertake a bidding process to appoint a consultant to select a site and perform design work for the proposed airport.

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