The Chinese construction firm, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has begun work on the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport expansion project. The expansion is aimed at transforming the passenger terminal into a state-of-the-art terminal and boosting its capacity.
A senior official of the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise confirmed the report and said that CCCC started fencing the construction site and has also started on the earth-breaking works. He further said that the enterprise plans to expand the airport passenger terminal at a cost of US$ 250m from a loan that was secured from the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China.
The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal expansion project includes the construction of a new passenger terminal as an extension of the existing Terminal 1 (domestic and regional terminal) and Terminal 2 (international terminal) with all related equipment and the construction of a new VIP passengers’ terminal. The new terminal will house boarding areas, lounges, recreation centers, shopping malls, offices and other facilities. It will also consist of new boarding gates, boarding bridges, and new parking areas.
At present, the two terminals accommodate 6.5 million passengers every year but when complete, it will accommodate 25 million passengers yearly.
CCCC, which is the contractor of the projects is engages in construction and design of transportation infrastructure dredging and port machinery manufacturing business. It is the largest port construction and Design Company in China, the largest dredging company in China and the third largest in the world.