Posted by Sade Williams
Ethiopian Airline, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline, has inaugurated state-of-the-art passenger terminal and its Skylight Hotel as a programme witnessed by FDRE Prime Minister H.E. Dr Abiy Ahmed, African Union Chairperson H.E. Mr Moussa Faki, Ministers, high level government officials, Ethiopian Airlines Board Members, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Executive Management Members and other guests.
After presiding over the ribbon-cutting event at the new Skylight Hotel, the largest in Ethiopia, H.E.Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed, accompanied by AU Chairperson and other dignitaries, toured the hotel’s facilities including the spacious executive suites. At the passenger terminal inaugural event that ensued, Prime Minister Abiy remarked, “Ethiopian Airlines is our national pride and a special icon among our companies as it carries our common name Ethiopia and our national flag. We would like all employees of the airline here and elsewhere to know that we speak of you with pride.
“The new hotel Ethiopian Airlines inaugurated today will enable us to attract tourists, and the airline’s offer for employees to own shares of the hotel is important as it boosts sense of ownership among staff, and will serve as a model for other companies to emulate.
“What we learn from today’s inauguration of the new passenger terminal is that we have a lot of work ahead of us. We expect the Board and the Management not to be complacent with the new terminal, but rather to aim for a bigger facility with a capacity to accommodate at least 100 million passengers.”
Addressing the gathering at the inauguration ceremony, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam for his part said, “While Addis Ababa Airport took over Dubai as the largest air transport hub between Africa and the rest of the world, this grand terminal building is further evidence of the development of Bole Airport as one of the largest and most convenient global aviation hubs.
“Ethiopian Skylight Hotel will enable the airline to offer packaged tour and travel programs. Moreover, the hotel will enable Ethiopian Airlines to attract around a third of tourists out of the 6 million passengers transiting through Bole Airport to visit Ethiopia”, he added.
The new passenger terminal features the latest technology security systems, self-check-in machines,self-boarding system, comfortable lounges, duty free shops and other amenities.
Ethiopian Skylight Hotel has around 373 guest rooms and spacious executive suites, the largest Chinese restaurant in Africa and a conference hall that can accommodate 250 people, among others.