Ethiopian Median Flight to Nekemte Lands at New Gudina Tumsa Airport

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines Group launched a thrice weekly flights to Nekemte’s new Gudina Tumsa Airport.

The inaugural flight on Sunday marked the completion of airfield and passenger access projects at the airport.

Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said “Our joy is doubled as we celebrate” the completion of the Airport project and the flight service launch.

Per the CEO, the project is part of the airline’s plan to expand its domestic destinations and strengthen regional connectivity.

“And we are truly pleased to witness the completion of yet another aviation facility project and service commencement,” Mesfin said.

The Gudina Tumsa Airport project cost 1.1 billion Birr and involves a new airfield, access road to the airport, watch towers, temporary terminal, and other facilities.

The runway is designed for Boeing 737-800 Max aircraft type, while the apron can park two B737-800 Max or four Q-400 aircrafts at a time.

The construction of a permanent terminal will start in the coming budget year, the airlines says.

Ethiopian is carrying out construction and upgrading projects of domestic airports and facilities, intending to expand its domestic networks to 31 in 2035 from from the current 23.

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Terminal I, Axum Yohannes IV Airport, Jinka Airport Terminal, and Gode Ugaas Miraad Airport have recently been inaugurated.