Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Terminal

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines awarded a €107 million contract for the construction of Cargo Terminal 2 and apron of Bolé International Airport in Addis Ababa to Germany-based Unitechnik Systems and Ethiopia-based Varnero Construction. In a joint venture these two companies appointed Delta Built Environment Consultants (Delta BEC) as a subcontractor for building design and engineering services. Delta BEC teamed up with an Ethiopia-based consulting company ZIAS Architecture and Engineering to assist with local coordination in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airlines identified the need for an additional cargo terminal to meet the ever-increasing cargo demands at the airport, especially in the export of agricultural products. Cargo Terminal 1 (built in 2006) and Cargo Terminal 2 will be seamlessly integrated to ensure smooth operations between the two. The design of the terminal building and the cargo handling equipment must be able to accommodate further expansion in the future (Cargo Terminal 3) which will see the terminal accommodating a total 1.2 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

Cargo Terminal 2 will have the capacity to accommodate 600 000 tonnes of air cargo per year with a cargo apron parking capacity for an additional five B747-800 aircraft. The terminal building will comprise four elements:

  • A perishable export cargo terminal
  • A perishable import cargo terminal
  • A dry import cargo terminal
  • A dry export cargo terminal.

The terminal building will also house supporting infrastructure, such as:

  • An apron and taxiway
  • Building works
  • Landside infrastructure (e.g. roads and parking)
  • Utilities and services (e.g. water and electricity).

CLIENT NAME: Unitechnik Systems and Varnero Constructions

LOCATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


START DATE: July 2013

END DATE: June 2015