The Reporter: By Kaleyesus Bekele
The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has been nominated for the best African Airport in Emerging Markets and Airports Awards.
Emerging Markets and Airports Awards (EMAA) is organized by Arabian Reach, a Dubai-based marketing and promotion company. Mr. Raj Memenon, general manager of Arabian Reach, told The Reporter that Bole, together with Capetown and Jomo Kenyatta airports, got the higher number of votes for the EMAA awards.
“We are delighted with the news,” says, Haile Gebre-Tsadik, general manager of the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. “We look forward to hearing the final results.” Haile said that with the view to meeting the growing customer demand, the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is undergoing a major expansion project.
After the phenomenal success of the first edition of the emerging Markets Airports Awards, Arabian Reach, the organisers of the prestigious EMAA awrads, said they had received a record number of nominations for the second edition to be held on June 1,2011 “In just one month of online nominations, over 8,500 entries have poured in, an encouraging figure by any standard,” said Dr. Khalid al Mazroui, chief patron of the awards and the general manager of Fujairah International Airport.
“We are delighted with the response to the second EMAA Awards. Having such a healthy number of entries from across the Middle East, Russia, CIS and the Indian sub-continent gives the Awards greater credibility.”
The Middle East airports are expected to invest 86 billion dollars in expansion plans. This is estimated to double after 2025, with major airports in the region turning into global hubs, according to a new study by market research company Frost and Sullivan, a reputed international business research and consulting firm, also the auditors of EMAA. Iraq is coming up in a big way. There is a requirement of 50 billion dollar of Airports services in Iraq for existing airport refurbishment and the creation of new Airports, Says Raj Menon, general manager of Arabian Reach, the principal host of the awards.
The awards were created to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and airport companies, focussing on areas the particular airport has made significant progress in.
“Winning this prestigious award, which is already being touted as the Oscar of the airport industry, is the best industry acknowledgement, and the unprecedented number of entries highlights just that,” said Dr. Khalid