Providing world-class infrastructure and service.

Author:Minney, Tom
Position:Ethiopian Airports Enterprise


Ethiopia has a long history of aviation and of airports, yet the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE), as it exists today, is one of the youngest organisations in the country.


It was a new phenomenon in the aviation history of the nation when it was formally established as an independent legal entity on 24th January 2003 by the Council of Ministers Regulation NQ 82/2003, being the first independent legal entity brought into existence to run the airport service delivery.


The EAE is a public enterprise mandated to provide quality airport infrastructure and services to its customers, with its own distinct mission, vision and core values:

Mission: EAE's mission is to provide quality airport infrastructure and services to its customers.

Vision: By 2025, EAE's vision is to be the leading airport service provider in Africa.

Core values: The EAE subscribes to the core values of: quality service; teamwork; continuous improvement; integrity; and customer focus.


Air transport lies within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government, so the management of the airport infrastructure and services throughout the country falls under the Ministry of Transport, and all the operations are carried out by EAE. It is also accountable to the board of management assigned by the Minister of Transport.

The EAE is responsible for 17 airports--four international and 13 domestic--with an 18th airport at Combolcha, in Amhara Region under construction. Administration of all airports is decentralised.

Clear skies ahead for Ethiopian Airports Enterprise.

To manage its increasing portfolio of airports, the EAE has transformed its institutional structure and diversified its non-aeronautical revenue sources in order to provide the human and financial resources it needs. Its present structure is the result of recent developments that led to the reshaping of some organisations and the creation of new ones, with the objective of streamlining business practices whilst keeping them separate from regulatory functions. Currently the EAE is looking to enhance the provision of quality airport infrastructure with full facilities and services for its customers in all its airports.

Potential partners or alliances could play a role in the development of aeronautical and non-aeronautical services, safety and airport development activities. Especially at Addis Ababa Bole...

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