The Ethiopian Airlines Group has secured the designated land from the Oromia regional government for its ambitious airport city project in Bishoftu.
Announcing the news, Lema Yadecha, Chief Business Executive of Ethiopian Airlines Group, revealed that the Oromia Regional Government, in collaboration with the Federal Government, is currently in the process of evacuating residents from the designated area, Abusera, paving the way for the commencement of construction.
The airport city project encompasses an expansive area of 38 to 40 square kilometers. Construction is slated to begin promptly following the Ethiopian Airlines Group’s assumption of control over the secured land.
The completion of the airport city is anticipated within a five-year timeframe. Initial estimates from five years ago projected the construction cost at five billion dollars, with current assessments indicating a potential increase in expenditure.
The airport will be capable of accommodating up to 200 planes simultaneously. The airport city will be connected to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport through an express train, with its design currently in progress.