Ethiopian Airlines is currently operating flights out of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, the country’s capital.

“The airport looks very beautiful and large, but with the growth that we are [seeing] every year, in about 3 or 4 years, we are going to be full,” Gebremariam told ENA. That being said, they are moving ahead with building the airport, which they are calling Absera.

The Absera Airport will take up about 13 square miles of land in the town of Bishoftu, almost 40 miles south of Addis Ababa. The airport will be able to accommodate about 100 million passengers per year.

The airport wants to become an “airport city,” complete with duty-free shopping malls, hotels, and training centers. The airline has not yet announced when the new airport will open, but it says that it will rival the scale of the new Istanbul Airport, which is projected to become the world’s largest airport when construction is complete in 2028.

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