Ethiopian Airlines Group has officially opened the newly built Gode Ugaas Miraad Airport terminal and aircraft parking for service.
The new facilities are expected to enhance the airport experience of passengers traveling to/from Gode, Somali Region.
Ethiopian says the Airport Terminal building and aircraft parking with the taxiway construction project took three years.
On Monday, the new airport terminal opened for service in a grand inauguration in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somali region President Mustafe Omer.
The new terminal – which sits in an area of 3,500sq – is equipped with the latest technology and airport facility amenities including a solar system to allow for smooth travel.
The project has also unveiled a new apron having the capacity to handle four De Havilland Q400 aircraft or Boeing B737 aircraft, simultaneously.
It also includes new ancillary buildings such as an airport rescue and firefighting station, water reserve, parking and other facilities.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew says the newly unveiled facilities “will upgrade the airport experience of our passengers traveling to/from the city of Gode. It is also a step forward in the work we do to elevate our domestic airport facilities to a higher level”.
The carrier operates daily flights to/from Gode – the third airport in the Somali Regional State next to Jigjiga and Kebridahar.
Four Similar ‘Projects Progressing Well’
Since the acquisition of the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise as a Strategic Business Unit (SBU) in 2017, the Group has taken over the administrative role including construction and renovation projects of airports in the country.
The Gode Airport was among the projects that Ethiopian overtook to enhance its facilities.
“The inauguration of this new terminal showcases our commitment to enhance our domestic operations alongside our international ones,” the Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO said.
He further stated that: “Gode will neither be the only nor the last airport we will work on constructing and/or renovating.
“Construction of similar airport terminals is progressing well at Jinka, Kombolcha, Goba/Robe and Bahir Dar airports. It is with great honor and pleasure that we work on these projects and play our part in our country’s tourism and socio-economic growth.”
Ethiopian, the largest airline group in Africa, plays a significant role in regional connectivity with its 22 domestic destinations. it also operates international passenger and cargo flight operations to more than 130 destinations in five continents.
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