Addis Ababa – Ethiopia has beaten Kenya to become the regional aviation hub, as it continues to capitalize on its thriving national airline and airport infrastructure.
Data compiled from airline industry reports indicate Addis Ababa is set to overtake Johannesburg next year in the overall volume of international travelers.
In the period between January and August this year, Addis’ Bole International Airport recorded a 17 per cent increase with the airport’s capacity sitting at almost 6.2 million absolute airline seats.
Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport retained its lead, with the number of absolute seats rising by a marginal one per cent to stand at 6.6 million.
“With a scheduled growth of 15 per cent for the next four quarters, Addis Ababa will enjoy a similar volume of international seats, or even surpass Johannesburg in international capacity,” reads a report from aviation industry think tank, Forward Keys.
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