Monday, June 24, 2013

■ ETHIOPIA: Location of new Addis Ababa international airport switched to Tagi.

Ethiopian Airports EnterpriseThe site for the proposed replacement for Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport, set to outstrip its carrying capacity in the next five years, has been moved from Modjo, south-east of the capital, to the town of Tagi, roughly 30km west of Addis Ababa on the road to Jimma in the Oromia Special Zone.

Tagi in relation to Addis Ababa (Google)
According to Ethiopia's Capital newswire, the Addis Ababa and the Surrounding Oromia Integrated Development Plan Project Office has over the past year, been busy drafting a  new metropolitan capital master plan for the airfield set to replace the previous ten-year old master plan which only envisioned Bole International Airport exceeding its capacity come 2017.

Recent growth at Ethiopian Airlines (ET), coupled with a surge in the Ethiopian economy, has pre-empted that date by roughly five years, thereby forcing a rapid reconsideration of the country's infrastructural facilities. According to the IMF's country representative, Jan Mikkelsen, massive energy, transport, IT and manufacturing projects will require financing equivalent to roughly 15 percent of Ethiopia's estimated USD33billion annual national output with about half of it to be domestically funded.

To cope with the shortfall in the meantime, Bole has been undergoing numerous expansion measures designed to bolster its overburdened facilities by including an expansion of its apron, and an extension of a concourse between Terminals 1 and 2.

Once the new airfield is completed, the Ethiopian Airport Enterprise plans to use it exclusively for international flights while Bole, situated on the eastern outskirts of Addis Ababa, will serve domestic and regional flights.