Ethiopian continues terminal expansion

Ethiopian Airlines announced the completion of a €107 million ‘turnkey’ contract for construction of its Cargo Terminal 2 and apron, with Unitechnik Systems of Germany and Varnero Construction.


Ethiopian continues terminal expansion


Ethiopian Airlines announced the completion of a €107 million ‘turnkey’ contract for construction of its Cargo Terminal 2 and apron, with Unitechnik Systems of Germany and Varnero Construction. The construction of the new terminal is expected to be completed within the next two years will have the capacity to accommodate, 600,000 tonnes of cargo per annum, with cargo apron parking capacity for five B747-800 aircraft at a time. It will also have cold storage capacity to accommodate about 300,000 tonnes of temperature controlled perishable cargo per annum.

Completion of Cargo Terminal 2 will be immediately followed with the construction of Cargo Terminal 3 which will also have an annual capacity to accommodate 600,000 tonnes. The entire construction of the two terminals planned to be constructed in two phases will have a capacity to accommodate 1.2 million tonnes of cargo per annum with capacity of eight B747-800 aircraft, which places the cargo terminal to be one of the largest in the world.

“In line with our vision 2025, this massive investment in construction of the two cargo terminals shows our unwavering commitment to support Ethiopia’s fast growing export of agricultural products and high value imports to the continent, which are critically important for economic development of many African countries,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines Group. “Including the existing cargo terminal 1, the combined annual capacity of the three terminals will be around 1.5 million tonnes of cargo which will make Ethiopian one of the largest air cargo operators in the world.”