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Ethiopian Airlines to embark construction of a giant airport near Zequala, Bishoftu (Debre Ziet)

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam optimistic that construction of giant new airport could be launched this year

Ethiopian Airlines _ Tewodle Gebremariam
Tewolde Gebremariam. Photo : ENA

By Staff Writer
January 14, 2020

Ethiopian Airlines is poised to embark on the construction of what is said to become Africa’s largest Airport. And the project could launch as quick as six months from now.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, estimates the size of the new airport to be bigger than France’s  Charles de Gaulle Airport in terms of size. 

The airline has got 35 square kilometers of land between Bishoftu (about 44 kilometers southeast of the capital Addis Ababa) and Zequala mountain.

Tewolde told the State media, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), that authorities in the Oromo region of Ethiopia are cooperating to secure the land.

Residents in the region, said Tewolde, will benefit from it economically as the project will be creating jobs starting from the construction stage.

When it is completed, it will create an opportunity for farming communities in the region to supply hotels and other tourism facilities with agricultural produce including milk and eggs.

Ethiopian Airlines has distinguished itself as the largest and successful airline in Africa.

Despite the setback in 2019 with the tragic crash Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 minutes after take-off Bole International Airport killing all  157 passengers on board, the airlines managed to end the year with a great resilience distinguishing itself still as one of the best and leading in the industry in the continent.

On January 12, 2020, Speaker of Ethiopian House of Representative, Tagese Chafo, led group parliamentarians to visit the Ethiopian Airlines.  His question to the CEO was, as reported by Ethiopian News Agency, how to replicate the airline’s consistency of success in other organizations in the country. 

The CEO relates the success of Ethiopia’s flag bearer to “freedom from political intervention,” and “the unreserved and selfless dedication and commitment of its entire employees …”

In terms of measuring success, Tewolde Woldemariam told parliamentarians that the 2025 vision has already been achieved, according to ENA, and now it is working on the year 2035 vision.

Tewelde sees values behind easing connecting to any part of Africa possible. 

“I think to any African Ethiopian Airlines has become an inspiration,” he said in another interview with ENA when he was remarking on the relevance of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to three African countries this past week.  

Ethiopian Airlines, with more than 120 international and 22 domestic destinations, have transported 12 million passengers in 2019, as reported by ENA. 

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  1. Debre Zeit Bishoftu is ideal because Ireecchha will be celebrated at the same location where Nephtegna got broken regardless what is the Menilik sefaris opinion or Balderas For Genuine Democracy Party’s opinion about where we should celebrate .

    • Here we go. Any economic move, such as this one by a respected business, is a political move for you. We’ve had enough with your grievances based on false narratives. Please read history books. You will soon realize that most of your beloved Oromia is nothing but a result of recent migration in the last 300 years. All these Oromo fighters seem to think they have been living there for ages.

      • Pot calling the kettle black huh? Lol Oromo are cushites cushites are native to East Africa specifically abbysinia! It’s funny because u in fact have no knowledge of history…we have been tested by our haplogroups. Come on man Amhara are semites they write in geez which derived from Jewish Arabic and Armenian scripts….u guys literally share queen sheba aka saba ..there is a reason u guys share them with yemeni they r ur ancestors..please stop living in denial and accept it…u guys r originally Arabs hence why u all like to deny being black…Oromos love to say how proud we r to be black our ancestors cushites black african nothing more or else we r pure and not mixed we take pride in that! Amhara language is not even ancient Tigrinya is…Amhara is not even straight from geez it came after tigray still not african but also not special for that matter. Sheba slept with solomon and I guys cried that u guys r from Solomon blood line? I think that’s how Amhara was created lol…but nah Oromos ain’t going anywhere we r native cushites…please leave abbysinia back to ur ancestors YEMEN. Every other ethnicities in Ethiopia have trauma from u all which ethnicity haven’t u all killed for real???

      • 300 years wayy guddd lmao ur embarrassing typical brainwashed Amhara…thankfully u and ur kind are being brought to justice and all of beloved abbysinia knows the truth about Amhara…if it wasn’t for tigrays bringing Ethiopian economy to light man we would still be in dark mililiillilik lol and selassie didn’t do shit but kill and chant god bless Ethiopia lmao…miskin self made fake ethnicity with no tribes, why don’t u all have any tribes instead of calling ethnicities tribes? For the last time Oromo is not a tribe neither is tigray or Somali or wolaita. Amhara I learned dosent have tribes I heard they can’t orally tell their tribe names because it connects to yemeni.after a few generations ..omg u guys got some soul searching to do. Y’all ain’t even african

    • በሰሜን ሸዋ ዞን የተገኘው የጅምላ መቃብር – እና ሌሎች ወቅታዊ ጉዳዮች በመረጃ ቲቪ
      January 15, 2020
      MUST WATCH :

      ኦቦ በቀለ ገርባ ዛሬ በአዳማ የተናገሩት:
      “………. 1ኛ ይቅርታ ማድረግ ካለብን እኛ ነን ይቅር የምንለው። አሁን ላለውም ሆነ ለነባሩ የኢሕአዴግ አመራር፣ ምክንያቱም ፍዳችንን ስናይ የነበርነው እኛ በመሆናችን። ወደ አንድ አካል ብቻ ያነጣጠረ የተጠያቂነት መንፈስ ፈፅሞ የማንቀበለው ነው።እኛን ሲያስር እና ሲከታተለን የነበረው የደህንነት ሰው እኮ ኦሮምኛ የተለማመዱ የትግራይ ሰዎች ኣልነበሩም። የኦፒዲኦ ደህንነቶች ናቸው። ስለዚህ መጠየቅ ካለበት፤ እንደ መንግስትና እንደ ኢሕአዴግ እንጂ፤ ወደ አንድ ፖርቲ ያነጣጠረ ማድረጉ ከጥፋት ከመሸሽ በዘለለ ፍፁም ቅቡልነት….. 2ኛ እኛ እንደ ኦሮሞ ራሳችን በራሳችን እንድንተዳደር ዋጋ የከፈለልን፤ እንደ ህዝብ ትግራዋይ እንደ ድርጅት ደሞ ወያኔ ነው። ይህ ወደድንም ጠላንም የተሰራ ታሪክ ስለሆነ ልንቀይረውም አንችልም። ይህ ማለት የኦሮሞ ትግል ዋጋ አልነበረውም ማለት ሳይሆን፤ እንደ ኦሮሞ የከፈልነው ውድ መስዋእትነት እንዳለ ሁኖ፤ የነዚህ የትግራይ ልጆች መስዋእትነት ግን ለትግላችን ግብ እና ለጥያቄኣችን መልስ የህይወት የኣካል የንብረት ዋጋ አበርክቶልናል።…. ለዚህም ነው በራሳችን የምንተዳደረው፤ ለዚህም ነው በቋንቋችን የምንዳኘው የምንማረው፤ ለዚህም ነው እንደ ኦሮሚያ በክልልነት በፌደራል ስርዓት የምንተዳደረው፤ ለዚህም ነው የኦሮሞ ፌደራሊስት ብለን ራሳችን በራሳችን የምንተዳደረው፡፡ ለዚህም ነው የፌደራሊስት ስርዓት ከሚያምኑ እና ከሚከተሉት ሓይሎች ጋር በተደጋጋሚ እየታየን ያለነው።… ስለዚ የትግራይ ህዝብ ትግል እና መስዋእትነት፤ ለእኛ ለኦሮሞ ህዝቦች ከፍለን የማንችለው ውለታ ነው። ለዚህም ነው የትግራይ ህዝብና መሪ ድርጅቱ በየትኛውም ዘመን የኦሮሞ ጠላት አይደሉም ኣይሆኑምም፤ የስትራተጂ ወዳጃችን ናቸው የምንለው።… ከዚህ ጎን ለጎን ጊዜና ፀሓይ የወጣላቸው መስሏቸው፤ የትግራይ ህዝብ በትግሉ ኣሽቀንጥሮ ያሸነፋቸው ሓይሎች፤ ይህ ባለውለታችን የሆነውን ህዝብ፤ ከቶውንም እንዲበቀሉት አንፈቅድላቸውም። ቢሆን ቢሆን ትግራዋይ የሚንበረከክ ህዝብም ኣይደለም። ቢያንስ ቢያንስ ግን ስለከፈሉልን ዋጋ ስንል ከጎናቸው መሰለፍ ኣለብን። ይህንን እምለው የትምክህት ሃይሎች ስለ ትግራይ ህዝብ የሚያቀነቅኑትንና የሚፈፁሙትን ሴራ ማለቴ ነው።”

      በሰሜን ሸዋ ዞን የተገኘው የጅምላ መቃብር – እና ሌሎች ወቅታዊ ጉዳዮች በመረጃ ቲቪ
      January 15, 2020

      የአማራ ተማሪዎችን፣ አስተማሪዎችንና ዩኒቨርስቲዎችን አድሏዊ በሆነ መንገድ እየተለዩ እርምጃ መወሰዱ አነጋጋሪ ሆኗል።
      January 8, 2020 – Miky Amhara — Comments ↓

      ብአዴን/አዴፓ በብልጽግና ስም ተሸፋፍኖ የራሱን ወንጀል በሕወሓት እየደበቀ ሊኖር ይፈልጋል።
      January 8, 2020

      በመፈንቅለ መንግስት ሰበብ የታሰሩት የአማራ ክልል ባለስልጣናት ከፀጥታ ተቋሙ ውጭ በሆኑ ተቋማት መመደባቸው ተሰማ
      January 13, 2020 – Konjit Sitotaw — Comments ↓

      Tigrai should not entangled itself with the messy Ethiopian politics
      Tigrai Online Jan. 14, 2020

      Tigrai should not entangled itself with the messy Ethiopia
      Why should Tigrai entangled itself with the playground of the Arabs?

  2. Good move ! Addis Ababa is plagued with criminals. Just in the past month 396 suspected criminals had been arrested by Addis Ababa police .

    396 የተጠረጠሩ ወንጀለኞች መያዙን የአዲስ አበባ ፖሊስ አስታወቀ።.

  3. This darling airline of the world never ceases to amaze me. It shows my hommies are geniuses. It even survived the dimwit Mengistu and his bloodthirsty thugs. Look at the other airlines from Africa. They have been biting the dust one after another even though they have tourists going to their countries in their millions. That did not save them from going belly up. What can I say, my niggaaz who I love to death are so smart!!!!

  4. An airline with a stellar record on profitability and safety…so proud of the leadership, and I love it. Clearly, EAL has the right business model no doubt, and this move is yet a demonstration of that. I heard on Al Jazera, yesterday that,the rest of Africa’s airlines’ future lies in partnering with EAL.


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