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Ethiopian Airlines to build 1100 rooms hotel in Addis Ababa



Ethiopian Airlines has continued to extend its tentacles from aviation to tourism business as it announce the construction of a twin hotel in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia, which is put at US$91 million. The first is a 637-key five-star hotel near the Millennium Hall and will feature among others a duty-free shop, cultural shop, an aviation museum and parking lots, built on a 22,410 square metres plot of land. The second is also on the same location, bringing the total number of rooms to be operated by the airlines on completion to 1,110.

The two hotels will cover a combined land mass of 42,410 square metres. Completion of the project is expected within two and half years after awarding the contract. Ethiopian Airlines believes that the hotel will provide a good environment for tourists besides accommodating passengers during transits, layovers or technical delays. Established in 1946, Ethiopian Airlines has 36 load, 95 global and 19 household goals. As of April 30, 2017, the organisation’s staff strength was more than 13, 484.

The airline is one of the most profitable airlines in the continent of Africa and has won many accolades in the recent past, including African Airline of the Year in 2015 and 2016 by the African Aviation. In 2014 it was ranked the largest in Africa in revenue by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It reported a 70 per cent jump in full year 2016 net profit to $265 million boosted by an 18 per cent increase in passenger numbers over the period.

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