OR Tambo International Airport
In its pursuit to become Africa’s gateway into the world, Ethiopia earlier this year achieved a new milestone.
The Horn of Africa nation finally opened a new passenger terminal that is set to triple the size of the Bole international airport in Addis Ababa. Built to the tune of $363 million, the newly-expanded terminal will now be able to handle up to 22 million passengers from its current 7 million.
The state carrier Ethiopian Airlines also opened the capital’s biggest hotel in a bid to boost its foray into the hospitality sector and announced plans to offer free tours in the city for passengers transiting for more than 6-8 hours as it attempts to ratchet up its status as Africa’s leading international hub.
The new premise has created a buzz across the continent, with reports stating that Bole was now the biggest airport in Africa. Yet that distinction goes to O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg, which is the biggest and busiest airport in Africa—receiving over 21 million people annually with the capacity to process up to 28 million.