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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

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
አዲስ አበባ ቦሌ ዓለም አቀፍ አውሮፕላን ማረፊያ
Bole international airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Ethiopian Airports Enterprise
Serves Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location Bole
Hub for
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • National Airways Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL 2,334 m / 7,625 ft
Coordinates 08°58′40″N
ADD is located in Ethiopia

Location of airport in Ethiopia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07R/25L 3,800 12,467 Asphalt
07L/25R 3,700 12,139 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers 12,143,938


In 1960, Ethiopian Airlines realized the runway at Lidetta was too short for its new jet aircraft, the Boeing 720. Thus a new airport was built at Bole.

By December 1962 the new runway and control tower were operational. In 1997, an expansion plan was announced for the airport. This expansion would be done in three phases:

  • Phase One: Add a parallel runway and expand the old runway.
  • Phase Two: Construction of a brand new terminal with a large parking area, a shopping complex and restaurants.
  • Phase Three: Construction of the 38m control tower (double the height of the previous one) and installation of new electrical and fire-fighting equipment.

The expanded old runway and the new runway are capable of handling the Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 aircraft. The new parallel runway is connected by five entrances and exits to the old runway, which serves as a taxiway. The proposed terminal houses a high tech security and baggage handling system built on more than 43,000 square metres of land. The terminal will also have banks and duty-free shops. The new control tower would be built in between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, replacing the old control tower.

In 2003, the new international passenger terminal was opened, making it one of Africa’s largest airport passenger terminals. The new terminal is capable to handle about 3,000 passengers an hour. This project was worth a total of 1.05 billion birr ($130 million). At the time, the airport was one of a number of airport terminal constructions that have been underway in Ethiopia.

In 2006, a new cargo terminal and maintenance hangar was opened five months late. This was because of expanded specifications vastly to improve Ethiopian Airlines’ handling capacity and needs. The facility can accommodate three to four aircraft at a time. This project was worth a total of 340 million birr. At the same time, the first Airbus A380 arrived at the airport to undertake tests to validate its Engine Alliance GP7200 engines’ performance from high altitude airports. The airport is capable of accommodating the A380.

In 2010, the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise announced another expansion project worth $27.9 million at the airport. The project will include expansion of the aircraft parking capacity from 19 to 44 in order to accommodate heavier aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Boeing 777. In the first phase of the project, 15 parking stands will be constructed and the remaining will be completed in the next phase. The expansion will help in easing air traffic congestion due to increase in international travel. This would lead to the new expansion plan in 2012.


Check-in hall

Departure Hall of Terminal 2

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 is expected to be operational by the end of June 2018. The whole expansion project should be completed by the end of 2018, enabling the airport to accommodate up to 22 million passengers per year.

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.

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Air Djibouti Djibouti
Badr Airlines Khartoum
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai–International
Eritrean Airlines Asmara, Assab
Ethiopian Airlines Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Antananarivo, Arba Minch, Asmara, Asosa, Athens (resumes 13 December 2019), Awasa, Axum, Bahir Dar, Bahrain, Bamako, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Beira, Beirut, Bengaluru, Blantyre, Bosaso, Brazzaville, Brussels, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cape Town, Chengdu, Chicago–O’Hare, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar–Diass, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, 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 (begins 16 December 2019), 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
Flexflight Djibouti
flydubai Dubai–International
Gulf Air Bahrain
Kenya Airways Djibouti, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Lufthansa Frankfurt
National Airways Ethiopia Asmara, Bahir Dar, Bosaso, Dire Dawa, Dolo, Garowe, Hargeisa, Jijiga, Jimma, Mek’ele, Mogadishu
Qatar Airways Doha
Rwandair Kigali
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Sudan Airways Khartoum
Turkish Airlines Istanbul


Airlines Destinations
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Accra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Beirut, Bogotá, Brazzaville, Brussels, Bujumbura, Cairo, Chennai, Chongqing, Delhi, Dhaka, Djibouti City, Dubai–International, Enugu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, 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 Cargo Jeddah
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk

Accidents and incidents

  • On 18 March 1980, Douglas C-47B ET-AGM of Ethiopian Airlines crashed while on a single engined approach to Bole International Airport. The aircraft was on a training flight.
  • On 10 March 2019, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 of Ethopian Airlines operating as Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 bound for Nairobi crashed shortly after take off from Bole International Airport, killing all 157 people (149 passengers and 8 crew members) on board. This crash, along with the crash of Lion Air flight 610 five months earlier, led to the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX.

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General Info
Country Ethiopia
Time UTC+3
Latitude 8.977889
08° 58' 40.40" N
Longitude 38.799319
038° 47' 57.55" E
Elevation 7656 feet
2334 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 001° E (01/06)
Alternate Name ADDIS ABABA
Near City Addis Ababa
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.1
GND 121.9
APP 119.7

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07R/25L 12467 x 148 feet
3800 x 45 meters
07L/25R 12139 x 148 feet
3700 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME GWZ GAWASA 106X 115.9 7.9 NM 167.2
NDB BL ADDIS ABABA - 352 1.8 NM 224.7

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.
Oil Available (Types unknown)

CAUTION Mt terrain sur arpt. MET ballon launch 0300-0600Z and 1100-1300Z dly. Nr of birds INCR significantly on and around arpt, pilots exer ctn.
FUEL A1 (Total Ethiopia, Fone C251-151-6077)

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