The Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, the new reference hotel in Ethiopia, located in the area of the new terminal in Bole, was also inaugurated during the ceremony.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa and an airline certified by SKYTRAX as Four Star Global Airline, has inaugurated a new terminal, which has state-of-the-art technology, in Bole. The new passenger terminal has state-of-the-art security systems, self-check-in machines, self-boarding system, rest and duty-free rooms, among other amenities.
These new facilities also include the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel which was also opened next to the terminal. The hotel, which has 373 executive rooms and suites, is a benchmark for the continent’s hotel market due to its location, its spaces and its gastronomic offer. Skylight will house the largest Chinese restaurant in Africa and a conference room with capacity for 2,500 people.
The inauguration of the new terminal and the hotel is a bet that will mark a very important milestone in the African tourism market, since it will allow to offer travel packages and attract a third of the 6 million passengers that pass through the Bole airport. to visit Ethiopia. In this way the airline approaches one of its key objectives, attract more tourism Addis Ababa.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed; the President of the African Union, Moussa Faki; in addition to other senior officials and representatives of the Ethiopian government and Ethiopian Airlines, such as the Executive Director of the airline, Tewolde GebreMariam, who was accompanied by members of the executive board and other guests.
The Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed said that «Ethiopian Airlines is a national pride and an icon that bears our name and the national flag.» He stressed that the new terminal, with a capacity of 100 million passengers, will «strengthen the growth of tourism in Ethiopia» »
The Group’s CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, the Tewolde GebreMariam, stated that «after achieving that the Addis Ababa Airport surpassed the Dubai airfield as the largest air transport hub between Africa and the rest of the world, this new terminal will convert the airport into Bole in one of the largest aviation centers in the world. »
The opening of Ethiopian Skylight Hotel will be the first incursion of Ethiopian Airlines in the sale of tourist packages. The aim is to attract at least one third of the six million tourists who pass through the Bole airport to stay in Ethiopia, offering combined flight packages, accommodation at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel and activities at the destination.