EAE misses target by whisker

The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise revealed that it gave about 853.8 million birr worth of services, missing narrowly its target of 858.3 million birr during Fiscal Year 2011/12. 
They entertained 97,000 flights, serving more than six million passengers, 163 tons of cargo and an estimated 14 million people visited the airports overall.
Wondim Teklu, Public Relations Head at the Enterprise said most of the revenue has been collected. “We’ve also finished the first round of the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport apron expansion,” said Wondim, adding that the newly paved area in front of the airport, has accommodated 40 mostly medium airplanes simultaneously during the recent African Union summit solving the airport’s persistent aircraft parking problem. The AA Bole International Airport apron expansion which is currently being conducted at cost of about 1.1 billion birr in two phases is scheduled to be completed by January 2013.  China Road and Building Construction Company is the contractor and local firm Transport Construction Design Consultancy Share Company is supervising the project.
The apron expansion project reportedly created temporary and permanent job opportunities for about two thousand people, and increased its aircraft accommodation capacity from previous 19 to the current 34 when the first phase was completed.  
EAE also stated that in the last fiscal year it introduced a new passenger self check- In Kiosk using new technology shortening the time to two minutes from the previous ten minutes that it used to take for passengers to check in at the Bole International Airport.
The EAE also has unveiled its plans for the current Ethiopian fiscal year 2012/13 with plans to finish The Kombolcha airport first phase project consisting of aprons, runway and medium sized passenger terminals as well complete construction of passenger terminals for Assosa, Bahir Dar and Jimma Airports.
Airport passenger terminal building construction design as well as various upgrading works are planned at Bole International Airport, Dire Dawa International Airport, Mekelle International Airport and Semera airport in order for them to give standardized services.
The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise currently operates 17 international airports across Ethiopia and plans by the End of the Growth and Transformation Plan in 2015 to increase its international airports to 21.