It is one of these crazy rules that you should pay for the entrance of an airport. You may say, it’s not much, it is only 3ETB*. But the question is, why?
You can’t get any service in the airport nor discounts for the shops and cafes inside. Rather the cafes are very expensive. I assume there are about 2000 people come to the airport every day. It is about 6000 ETB revenue a day and 2,160,000ETB a year. This is not small money considering no one gets anything back in return.
I could imagine the reason behind it could be to protect the airport from certain group of people – such as beggars. But they could simply tighten the control with all these guards surrounding the whole airport.
With very tense security check and additional entrance fee, getting into Bole international airport is a painful visit.
* Travelers are not expected to pay.