Ethiopian Airlines Inaugurates its New Airport in Jinka City

Ethiopian Airlines Group has inaugurated its Jinka airport project, unveiling a new terminal and support facility buildings on Wednesday.

The new airport is now open for service, following a grand celebration held in Jinka, one of the emerging cities in the South Ethiopia Regional State.

The two-and-a-half-year project covered the construction of a new terminal building having a total built-up area of 3,500 square meters.

It includes support facility building, and external facilities including exclusive VIP parking area and more.

At the inaugural event, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said he and his colleagues were “truly delighted to witness the completion of the brand new” Jinka Airport.

The airport will now “offer a comfortable travel experience to/from the city thereby boosting trade and tourism in the region and beyond,” he said.

The Group – which acquired the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise as its business unit in 2017 – invested more than 8 million euro in the Jinka Airport project.

“As a national flag carrier,” the group CEO said, “Ethiopian is playing its part in the country’s aviation transformation and Jinka is our latest contribution to Ethiopia’s modern aviation facility.”

This is the fourth either renovated or built facility opened for service in recent months.

The other three are Gode Ugaas Miraad Airport in Somali region, Addis Ababa Bole Airport’s terminal I and a 55 million US dollar e-commerce logistics hub.

Group CEO Mesfin said; “Committed to enhancing customer experience, we will continue to invest in renovation and upgrading of domestic airports,” the Group CEO added.

Currently, Ethiopian is also building airport terminals in five cities along with several other airport renovation projects across the country.

The national flag carrier operates 22 passenger flights to domestic destinations from its main hub at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

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