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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, situated in Bole, Addis Ababa, is a gateway to Africa’s magnificent landscapes and exotic cities. Formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport, this airport continues to expand to better their welcome of over 1.6 million passengers per year. Besides handling commercial flights, Bole International Airport is also the base of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy.
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) is the fourth-busiest airport in Africa and the hub for Ethiopian Airlines. Flights to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are provided by international airlines such as Emirates, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways. ADD is a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Addis Ababa.
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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, as one of Africa’s busiest airports, continually grows to cater to more passengers and airlines. This airport in Bole schedules flights throughout Africa as well as non-stop flights to North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
The story of Bole International Airport began in 1960 when Ethiopian Airlines realised they needed a longer runway to handle their new aircraft. This resulted in the construction of what would become Addis Ababa’s hub airport.
Since it commenced operations, there have been noticeable upgrades, such as the international passenger terminal (2003), one of the largest in Africa, able to handle 3000 passengers per hour!
Addis Ababa’s hub airport has a selection of stores, including those selling duty-free products. These shops ensure you some retail therapy or the opportunity to shop for any essentials you’ll need for your time in Ethiopia.
Make sure you follow the baggage restrictions when at Bole International Airport.
If you’d rather enjoy a meal, a number of eateries are available around the airport, offering you a variety of meal options.
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport includes two luxurious lounges, situated in the airside area. These are open to Cloud Nine and ShebabaMiles members.
Other facilities at Bole International Airport include free Wi-Fi, lounge chairs, banks, ATMs and prayer rooms.
Accommodation near Bole International Airport includes:
White House Addis
This 3-star hotel in Bole with scenic views is a 5-minute drive from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Features include a restaurant, bar/lounge, spa services, front desk safe and concierge services. Additionally, the hotel offers free airport shuttles, free full breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
This elegant 4-star hotel sits within a 5-minute drive of the airport. It includes several features, such as daily housekeeping, 24-hour fitness centre, 24-hour business centre, a restaurant, 2 bars/lounges, child care and spa services. You can also look forward to free buffet breakfast, free airport shuttles, free parking and free Wi-Fi.
Golden Tulip Addis Ababa
This grand 5-star luxury hotel is a 10-minute drive from Addis Ababa’s hub airport. It is home to several features, such as a restaurant, 2 bars/lounges, breakfast, 24-hour health club, 24-hour business centre, airport shuttle, air conditioning, ATM/banking services and laundry services. Additionally, this establishment offers free airport shuttles, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
When ordering foreign exchange, make sure to do it 60 days before your collection date. Collections can only be made in person.
Keep the following documents on hand when ordering/collecting your foreign exchange:
• A valid passport
• Proof of residential address
• A copy of your booking itinerary or booking reference number
• A copy of your e-ticket or physical flight ticket
• An ID document
Banks and ATMs handling foreign exchange are available around Addis Ababa’s international airport.
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport features a large car park that caters to various vehicle sizes. Parking bays are available for short-term periods.
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Physical Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Bole International Airport sits 6 km southeast of the heart of Addis Ababa. Transport options to get you from the airport to your destination include taxis and car rental options.
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