Addis Ababa Ethiopia
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With a population of 3,384,569 (2007 census), the city is the largest in the country. Many of the wealthiest people live in the southeast (Bole), southwest (old airport), CMC, Ayat and Lamberet parts of town. There are more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. The headquarters of the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) are both in the city. The European Union and the United States both have two delegations in Addis Ababa, one for bilateral relations with Ethiopia and one for the African Union.
Bole International Airport (IATA. ADD ), the busiest airport in East Africa and the hub of Ethiopian Airlines. is serviced by several international airlines with daily flights to Europe, United States, and Asia as well as inter-African destinations including Accra. Bamako. Brazzaville. Cairo. Dakar. Dar es Salaam. Djibouti. Khartoum. Harare. Johannesburg. Nairobi and many more cities in Africa.
There are two terminals. T1 (the older, smaller one) is for all domestic flights and most flights to neighbouring nations (but not Kenya). T2 (the newer 2003 building) is for all other international flights - arrangements may change so check first.
As of July 2012 access into the terminals is restricted. Anyone at the airport to meet you, plus taxis, will be out in the carpark. A dozen of the top hotels still have a booth inside the arrivals area. Similar rules apply at the other airports in the country, for both arrivals and departures. Most hotels will pick you up for free - inquire at booking.
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