Ethiopia is to build a new international airport between Meki and Modjo roads to address the growth of air traffic at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian Airport Enterprise is conducting a study to build a new international airport said Colonel Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw, Director of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority.
Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa currently services more than 150 flights daily with Ethiopian Airlines accounting for more than 60 departures a day while the numbers of international carriers operating in out of the airport have also increased to 13 contributing to the need to build a new airport explained the source.
The expansion project launched at Bole Airport was intended to handle air traffic growth until 2017 but the airport reached the projected numbers in 2010 leading to the airport enterprise to consider the need for a new airport.
The enterprise initially was scouting a location 30 kilometers outside of the capital city near Dukem before deciding on conducting a study on the current location according to a senior official with the EAE.
A team of experts are in the process of undertaking a feasibility study according to sources.
EAE has notified the Ethiopian Roads Authority of the plans to build a new airport to undertake the development of a new road network between the airport and Addis Ababa. The roads authority is expected to submit the plan for approval in the coming year according to a source.
Source: The Reporter