Addis Ababa Airport

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2/10

"bad airport layout"

(Germany)

A bad airport layout. Much to many flights/people for the size of the airport. check in slow but ok. Very long queues at security check. Bad facilities not enough toilets (just 1 toilet for 8 boarding gates)!
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2/10

"staff very friendly"

(Germany)

Unfortunately a very chaotic and less organized airport. No scanners no displays at the gates less staff who can help toilets dirty. Also luggage got lost. Only manual unloading sorting and loading. So my luggage arrived at Dubai instead of Frankfurt! Safety is minimum. Staff very friendly. They do their best! Less announcements lots of mistakes at the flight lists (flights missing etc.).
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2/10

"not a nice airport"

(Sweden)

Not a nice airport. Confusing old dirty. And the tax-free shops don't accept all credit cards or currencies. Only dollars when I asked around. Not even local currency? Since you are not supposed to take Birr outside the country it would have been great to be able to use it at the airport. Toilets seems to be non-existent in the transfer hall. Had to go back into main hall for a visit. Queuing for the check-in was chaos. People were continuously jumping the line and there was nobody in charge.
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2/10

"awful and confusing airport"

(United States)

Awful and confusing airport but better than others in East Africa. There are two terminals and the airport authority frequently changes which departures leave from which terminal. It is not easy to get from one terminal to another - an infrequent shuttle bus is provided for this purpose. Entering Terminal 1 from Terminal 2 requires dragging your carry-on bags up a flight of stairs (no elevator provided) and the departure lounges and business class lounge in this terminal are uncomfortable even if you can find a seat. Terminal 2 is only slightly better - but the bottleneck through security is ridiculously inefficient - full of pushing and shoving and cutting in line. The departure gates in Terminal 2 are slightly better than in Terminal 1 as is the business class lounge. That being said the food at both lounges is terrible and the seating uncomfortable. Bathrooms in both business class lounges feature doors that do not close cleaning buckets left inside and unsanitary conditions.
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3/10

"dirty and poorly organized"

(Israel)

Still the same dirty and poorly organized airport as I remember it was some years ago during my first visit. Duty free stores as much as you want but do not wake up some of the ladies working there when you fly in early in the morning and payment by credit card is a no go as 7% surcharge added to your bill. Nearly no food outlets and the few available do not look very inspiring . Long cues for security check but that I can still accept no food or drink even not water to be bought after passing security. Still using the colored sticker system that sometimes does not even seems to be of any use. If it was not for Ethiopian airlines giving your great value and service for the price they charge I would not use this airport or at least avoid it.
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"worst airport I have encountered"

(South Africa)

By far the worst airport I have encountered. There is one working toilet in-transit. The shops look like they have been there since 1930. Even during the day the airport is dark and dusty. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The food and beverages in the shops looks unappetising. With so many people going through this airport one would expect more. Heavy security but that one can tolerate considering it is for everyone's benefit.
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"crowded and completely disorganized"

(United States)

Overflowing crowded and completely disorganized. While the tight security is a necessity the floor layout and the utter confusion inside the terminal makes this place absolutely nightmarish. This airport is way over capacity. The matter is made worse by the incompetent approach Ethiopian airlines has towards customer service. My family had confirmed ticket with seat assignment to IAD but were denied boarding due to apparent equipment change to a smaller airplane (777-300 to a 777-200). Can not wait for the day when KQ starts to fly to the US.
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3/10

"avoided whenever possible"

(Thailand)

Addis Ababa belongs to those airports which should be avoided whenever possible: chaotic queuing unclear announcements (if any) miserable business lounge.
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3/10

"people everywhere"

(New Zealand)

The ATM didn't work and the credit card machines did not connect. People everywhere complaining about delayed flights. Communication of the ground staff was very poor if at all. Our boarding were moved 3 times from boarding gate no 1 to no 5. Nobody that worked there had an idea what was going on. About 100 people was trying to sort flights with one attendant with no information. Very poor for an airline.
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"airport needs an urgent upgrade"

(United Kingdom)

I was only there flying in from Johannesburg and on to my next flight to Hong Kong I found this airport to be a small provincial airport. Terminal is dirty duty free dark and badly organized cloud nine lounge small and old fashioned. No separate security control for business class passengers and if there was one business class seemed to be really large on my flight that evening. After queuing a second time after security check to receive some kind of coloured bar on your boarding pass that tells when you can board the plane just wait until the duty officer calls for boarding be careful not to be pushed aside by the mass of people running towards the stairs. Conclusions - this airport needs an urgent upgrade and be totally reorganized as this place is a real shame compared to most other intl airports I visit.
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