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Bole International Airport

Bole International Airport
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Airport information
 Location of airport in Ethiopia
Airport typePublic
OperatorEthiopian Airports Enterprise
ServesAddis Ababa
HubEthiopian Airlines
Elevation2334 m (7656 ft)

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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport serves the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The airport is located in the Bole area, 6 km (3.7 mi) south east of Addis Ababa City Centre and 65 km (40.4 mi) north of Debre Zeyit. Formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport, it is the main hub of Ethiopian Airlines, the national airline which has service to destinations in Ethiopia and throughout the African continent, as well as nonstop service to Asia, Europe, and North America. Bole International is also served by BMI, Daallo Airlines, Djibouti Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates Airline, flyDubai, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Sudan Airways, Turkish Airlines and Yemen Airlines. Air Arabia, Etihad Airways, Oman Air, and Qatar Airways have announced plans of starting services to Addis Ababa in the near future. Previous operators like South African Airways, Air France, and Aeroflot has ceased operations.Bole International Airport has been viewed by many carriers as a gateway to Africa, thus making it a potential connecting airport to other parts of Africa via Ethiopian Airlines' vast African network. It is a hub for many local chartered flights. It is also one of the main pilot training and aircraft maintenance centers in Africa.

Bole International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa with 3,497,847 passengers recorded in 2009. To accommodate the growing traffic volume, Bole airport has become the third largest airport in Africa by area. By 2011, the airport had become the 3rd busiest airport in the Africa by cargo traffic, registering 2,420,997 tonnes. Taxi service from the airport to Addis Ababa is available. The airport is well known for its strict security checks before entering it. The airport is capable of accommodating the Airbus A380-800.

In 2003, a new international passenger terminal opened, one of the largest on the continent. This accompanied the completion of a new runway.The airport's runway, at 4,725 metres (15,502 ft), is one of the longest in Africa. It compares with OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, whose longest runway measures 4,418 metres (14,495 ft). It has over 100 flights registered for takeoffs and landings on a single day making it one of the fastest growing airports in Africa and poised to overtake leading airports in the future.The runway after completion will be used by both the civilian airport and the Ethiopian Air Force whose new base will be situated on the southern side of the runway. Vast cargo , hangar and hotel construction expansion is underway by renowned Chinese state companies.

Ethiopian Airlines passengers are offered two lounges at Bole International Airport. Cloud Nine passengers can wait for the departure of flights at the Cloud Nine Lounge, where they are provided with a wide variety of amenities, as well as personal computers or wireless connection.

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