Addis Ababa may not have the most beautiful airport and the lack of gates is annoying, but transit is fairly easy. Here’s a handy guide to help make your transit easy.
I landed from Toronto at a remote gate, like the majority of flights at Bole International Airport. Even though we landed about 30 minutes ahead of schedule, a bus was already waiting for us. In fact, three busses were. There is a “luxury” bus for business class passengers and two busses for the economy class cabin.
As we made our way to the terminal we encountered close-up views of many beautiful aircraft. Finally, after a five-minute ride, we pulled up in front of the terminal entrance.
A mad dash ensued, but everyone kept moving. The terminal itself looks fairly run-down, but there was an elevator and escalator working well along with stairs, which is more than I can say about many gates in Germany.
Upstairs on the arrivals level there are strategically placed transit desks (Ethiopian Airlines only, as far as I could tell) in which you can obtain your hotel voucher or onward boarding pass. I’ll have details on Ethiopian’s complimentary hotel voucher for transit passengers in a subsequent post.
If you’re connecting immediately to another flight, there is no passport control or security check. Instead, Addis Ababa has security checks upon arrival at the airport and at boarding gates prior to boarding.
The international terminal can be quite crowded, but there are lounges, restaurants, and duty free available.
While not a luxurious airport, ADD is an airport that works. Transiting here is straightforward and relatively simple.