Gondar Airport

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Gondar Airport, (GDQ), sometimes spelled Gondor, is named for Tewodros II, a 19th century Emperor of Ethiopia. Located roughly 13 kilometres south of the city of Gondar, the airport welcomes visitors to the place Tewodros II and other royals called home. Skyscanner's innovative booking platform can help you find the cheapest airfares to this land of castles and colorful temples. Use the Whole Month Search screen to compare fares, select your travel dates and then book your flight. Check on those Gondar hotel accommodations while you're at it. It's time to go exploring.

About Gondar Airport

Ethiopian Airlines offers flights from Toronto Pearson International (YYZ) on Ethiopian Airlines with either one or two stops in each direction. The shortest routes tend to go through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD) or Dublin, Ireland (DUB). Ethiopian Airlines does codeshare on some routes with carriers such as Emirates, ASKY Airlines, and Brussels Airlines. A codeshare is where you purchase an air ticket under one carrier but fly on one or more flight segments with a partner airline. When you pull up your flight itinerary options in Skyscanner, it will list if any partner airlines are used.

Gondar Airport is small, with one terminal and limited services. You will find ATMs in town but not at the airport. It's best to exchange some Canadian cash into Ethiopian birrs before you leave home or at a connecting airport, such as Addis Ababa. The airport does have a wireless Internet hotspot, but it tends to be unreliable. Taxis are the transportation of choice, costing between $5.00 to $7.00 CAD for the 20 minute trip into town. Some hotels offer transfer service; it's worth looking into. Rental cars are not usually an option. Ethiopia requires a local license for a rental. Instead, consider renting a car and driver to get around town, which is a safe, practical alternative. Your driver also provides information on those must not miss sites.

Things to do in Gondar

  • Head for Fasil Ghebbi, the Royal Enclosure, which in the mid 17th century was a fortified city for emperors and their families. Its nickname is the "African Camelot," and the city is made up of a series of castles and palaces. Even the lions' cages are still intact. The oldest castle is Fasilides, dating back to 1640. The largest belonged to Emperor Iyasu, and the newest is Emperor Mentewab's Palace, built in 1723. Take a guided tour or explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your own.
  • On the eastern edge of town you'll find the Debre Birhan Selassie Church. Dating back to the 17th century, the church looks more like a heavily fortified castle. Twelve towers guard the church, one for each of the 12 apostles. But the real treasure is inside. The walls are covered with biblical scenes and portraits of saints, while hundreds of angels look down from the ceiling. You'll also find the private second-floor room where Emperor Iyasu attended services.
  • You might be surprised to find a beer garden in Gondar, especially one that has a European feel. The local Dashen Brewery is just such a place. Stop for a meal and to sample beer made with honey instead of sugar. Dine inside or out.
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Longitude:37° 26' 44'' E
Latitude:12° 30' 51'' N

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