Jan 17, 2018: The Ethiopian Airlines owned Ethiopian Skylight Hotel will be officially opened on January 28.
“Ethiopian Airlines will have a sufficient number of internationally standard hotel rooms to create an environment conducive to tourists in addition to receiving passengers during transit, stopovers or technical delays,” the company said.
The construction of the building began in 2016. The hotel is located five minutes from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It covers 42,000 square metres and it has 373 rooms. According to reports, the construction cost is $65 million and is expected to generate 400 jobs.
Ethiopian Airlines is reported to have provided 35 percent financing while EXIM Bank of China provided 65 percent of it. The Chinese Construction firm, CCCC, is the contractor while the French Consulting firm ADPI is consultant of the project.
The Ethiopian carrier is also preparing to launch the construction of a second 5-star hotel. The entry into service is scheduled for 2021. It will be built on an area of 22,410 metres, which will have 637 rooms.