Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport view of the aerodrome
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Airport typePublic
OperatorEthiopian Airports Enterprise
ServesAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hub forEthiopian Airlines National Airways Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL2,334 m / 7,625 ft
Coordinates08°58′40″N 38°47′58″ECoordinates: 08°58′40″N 38°47′58″E

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA: ADD, ICAO: HAAB) is in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is located in the Bole area, 6 km (3.7 mi) southeast of the city centre and 65 km (40 mi) north of Debre Zeyit. The airport was formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport. It is the main hub of Ethiopian Airlines, the national airline that serves destinations in Ethiopia and throughout the African continent, as well as nonstop service to Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The airport is also the base of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy.As of June 2018, nearly 450 flights per day were departing from and arriving at the airport.

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Addis Abeba
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Check-in hall
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Departure Hall of Terminal 2
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Expansion of the passenger terminal, cargo space, hangar, the runway and construction of the hotel is currently being completed by Chinese state-owned companies.

The expansion work is being undertaken in two phases on an 80-hectare site. The first phase of the expansion work had enabled the airport to accommodate 15 additional aircraft, reducing traffic congestion at the airport. The second phase of the expansion work will enable the airport to service 10 additional aircraft. The airport will be able to service a total of 44 aircraft upon the completion of the expansion. The airport also plans to expand the apron which purportedly can solve the persistent aircraft parking problem it faces particularly during large international conferences.

In 2012, expansion of the new passenger terminal was announced. The outlay of this expansion was projected at $250 million. At the same time, a new ramp was completed and can now park 24 aircraft. Another ramp is being built for 14 more aircraft. At the same time, the first phase of expanding the taxiways and adding more aircraft parking was completed. Eventually, this will lead to the expansion of the terminal. This all falls in line with Ethiopian Airlines’ plan, “Vision 2025”.

According to the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, the east wing of the newly expanded airport was expected to be operational by the end of June 2018. The whole expansion project was completed by the end of 2018, enabling the airport to accommodate up to 22 million passengers per year. As of 23 Jan 2020 the extension is still not fully completed. The new check in area and the elevated road to it are not yet open.

On 27 January 2019, Abiy Ahmed inaugurated the expansion to Terminal 2.

Further developments

The former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had purportedly given permission to build a new international airport in the town of Mojo, 65 kilometers south of the capital’s current airport. The senior official at the Ethiopian Airport Enterprise said that the officials of the enterprise and the Ministry of Transport briefed the Prime Minister about the planned grand airport project. Two other sites are also options.


The airport has two terminals with a total of 11 gates, plus more than 30 remote aircraft parking stands behind both Terminals. Terminal 1 has 4 gates and Terminal 2 has 7 gates. Terminal 1 serves Domestic and Regional flights for Ethiopian Airlines, EgyptAir, Qatar Airways, Sudan Airways, and Yemenia. Terminal 2 serves International flights and the rest of the airlines that serve the airport.

In 2012, Ethiopian Airlines opened the first phase of its Cloud Nine Business Class Lounge at Bole International Airport. This will provide premium travelers with modern facilities and amenities. The second phase of the lounge’s construction will include a spa, private digital lockers for passengers to stow away their bags, and a traditional Ethiopian coffee corner. Once complete, it will be three times the size of the existing lounge. Cloud Nine features a quiet corner with sleeping cots and individual reading lamps, massage chairs, and an internet corner with free Wi-Fi connection. The lounge is part of the airline’s “Vision 2025 Fast Growth Plan”.

In 2017 Ethiopian Airlines Group announced that it signed $350 million contract with China Communications Construction to build a new hub, a part of which will be open to the public no later than June 2018.

Airlines and destinations


Air DjiboutiDjibouti
Badr AirlinesKhartoum
Eritrean AirlinesAsmara, Assab
Ethiopian AirlinesAbidjan, Abuja, Accra, Antananarivo, Arba Minch, Asmara, Asosa, Athens, Awasa, Axum, Bahir Dar, Bahrain, Bamako, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Beira, Beirut, Blantyre, Bosaso, Brazzaville, Brussels, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cape Town, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago–O’Hare, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar–Diass, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dembidolo, Dessie, Dire Dawa, Djibouti, Doha, Douala, Dubai–International, Dublin, Entebbe, Enugu, Frankfurt, Gaborone, Gambella, Garowe,  Geneva, Goba, Gode, Goma, Gondar, Guangzhou, Harare, Hargeisa, Hong Kong, Houston–Intercontinental, Humera, Istanbul, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Jijiga, Jimma, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo, Juba, Kano, Kebri Dahar, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa–N’Djili, Kisangani, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lagos, Lalibela, Libreville, Lilongwe, Livingstone, Lomé,  London–Heathrow, Luanda, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Madrid, Mahé, Malabo, Manchester, Manila, Maputo, Marseille, Medina, Mek’ele, Mogadishu, Milan–Malpensa, Mombasa, Moroni, Moscow–Domodedovo, Mumbai, Muscat, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, N’Djamena, Ndola, Newark, New York–JFK, Niamey, Nosy-Be, Oslo–Gardermoen, Ouagadougou, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pointe-Noire, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Semera, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Shire, Singapore, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tel Aviv, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Vienna, Washington–Dulles, Windhoek–Hosea Kutako, Victoria Falls, Yaoundé, Zanzibar
Kenya AirwaysDjibouti, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
National Airways EthiopiaAsmara, Bahir Dar, Bosaso, Dire Dawa, Dolo, Garowe, Hargeisa, Jijiga, Jimma, Mek’ele, Mogadishu
Qatar AirwaysDoha
SaudiaJeddah, Riyadh
Sudan AirwaysKhartoum
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul


EgyptAir CargoCairo
Emirates SkyCargoDubai–Al Maktoum
Ethiopian CargoAccra, Ahmedabad, Antananarivo, Bangalore, Beirut, Bogotá, Brazzaville, Brussels, Bujumbura, Cairo, Chennai, Chongqing, Delhi, Dhaka, Djibouti City, Dubai–International, Enugu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Khartoum, Kigali, Kinshasa–N’Djili, Lagos, Liège, London–Heathrow, Luxembourg, Maastricht/Aachen, Mexico City, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Mumbai, Nanjing, Pointe-Noire, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Zaragoza
Seasonal: Windhoek
Saudia CargoJeddah
Turkish CargoIstanbul–Atatürk

Accidents and incidents

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