Ethiopian Airlines is not only transporting customers but also availing comfortable accommodation with adequate facilities for its passengers, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said at the inauguration of the second phase of Ethiopian Skylight Hotel built at a cost of over 155 million USD today.
The premier noted at the ceremony that the grand opening of Ethiopian Skylight Hotel is a testimony that Addis Ababa is a key continental hub for travel with adequate facilities to cater to a global audience.
According to him, Ethiopian Airline has become the pride of Africa for the growth it has achieved through the generations.
“We can learn from Ethiopian Airlines about institutional continuity,” he added.
Abiy appreciated members of Board and Management as well as employees of Ethiopian for their role to be a model and pride of Ethiopians.
Noting that various activities have been underway to develop the tourism sector across the country, the PM said Ethiopian Airlines should play active role by connecting itself with this tourism development to transforming the sector.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Mesfin Tasew said on his part that the phase two hotel is equipped with modern recreational facilities.
The Ethiopian Skylight Hotel has 651 rooms, two presidential suits, a gym, a heated indoor swimming pool, modern massage rooms, several meeting rooms equipped with modern audio visual facilities and a meeting room with a seating capacity of over 600 guests.
It has also two underground floors with a capacity of parking over 400 vehicles, it was learned.
According to the CEO, Ethiopian built the hotel to meet the needs of its transit passengers who layover in Addis Ababa.
The hotel will also play a vital role in promoting tourism conferences, trade and investment in Ethiopia, which is part of the mission of the Ethiopian Airlines, Mesfin added.
“Ethiopian Airlines is the leading airline group in Africa and it is expanding its network throughout the world using the server as a hub and a gateway to Africa,” the CEO stated.
Furthermore, he stated that the expansion of Ethiopian Skylight Hotel is consistent with Ethiopian Airlines' strategy of pursuing a diversified aviation business model.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency