In 2019, Ethiopian Airlines, a leading airline in Africa, extended its aviation exploits to hospitality by opening a 373-room Skylight Five Hotel; his first hotel in Addis Ababa.
With the hotel, which cost $65 million, Africa’s first airline joined the ranks of global hotel-owning airlines such as Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), owner of Scribe in Paris and Roosevelt in New York, EasyJet, owners of Easy Hotels. , AirAsia-Tune Hotels, Eva Air owners of Evergreen Laurel Hotels, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, which previously owned Golden Tulip and Four Seasons Resort Langkawi respectively.
Just three years after the Skylight Five Hotel opened to the public, the airline opened another hotel, catering to transiting passengers.
The new hotel, which is called Ethiopian Skylight In-Terminal Hotel, is a five-star terminal hotel located inside Bole International Airport (Terminal 02); a few steps from the gates for boarding “B”.
The new hotel offers 97 tranquil rooms in five categories, including singles, twins and suites, with each category including modern essentials for a seamless stay.
But the Skylight Suite has an extra space with a living room and a dining room.
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Spacious rooms and suites with luxury bedding, flat-screen TVs, and other modern amenities are all non-smoking and pet-friendly.
Other amenities include; a fitness center and the Hub Restaurant located between the two guest room wings above Concourse “B” where guests can enjoy a continental breakfast.
However, guests must have an international flight departing from Terminal 2 only to be admitted to the hotel. As the hotel is located in the airport terminal, only a maximum one night stay is allowed due to government regulations. Once guests have checked in to the hotel, they cannot leave the premises.
Additionally, with transit passengers in mind, the new hotel offers an excellent location and facilities for business travelers, couples and those traveling in pairs.
The hotel’s opening benefits from the rapid and sustained growth of Ethiopian Airlines over its 75 years of operation, with the recent launch of five new destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Additionally, on July 1, 2022, the airline, which is a pride of Africa, expanded to 127 strong international destinations, necessitating more accommodation inquiries for transiting passengers.
One of the new destinations is Washington DC, with flights departing from Lomé, Togo and thus offering more options to its Nigerian passengers, who can connect the world from the airline’s four departures in Nigeria; Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Enugu.