Ethiopia to invest $68.5m for three new runways

Ethiopia to invest $68.5m for three new runways Ethiopia to invest $68.5m for three new runways

The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) has signed a ETB1.37bn ($68.5m) contract with three local firms for the construction of three airport runways.

The three runways will be built in three major regional cities to equip them to host larger jets such as the B737.

Each of the runways will measure 2,500m in length and 60m in width and is a part of the government's efforts to boost trade and tourism ties across the country for its next ambitious economic goal, 'Growth and Transformation Plan II' (GTP), which is set to start in late 2015.

The first contract was given to Yotek Construction for Hawassa, Ethiopia's premier resort and tourism hotspot, which would cost approximately $22.9m.

The second contract to build a $24.7m runway for Robe Goba will be given to Akir Construction and supervised by Transport Construction Design.

The third project will cost roughly $20.9m and will be constructed by Ethiopian Roads Construction Corporation (ERCC) and supervised by Transport Construction Design near the city of Shire.

EAE head Tewodros Dawit informed during the signing ceremony that the projects would take around two years to complete and will be followed by the construction of their respective airport terminals.

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