State-owned Ethiopian Airlines launched its first flight to Manchester on December 11, fulfilling its dream of expanding its international market.
The new service between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) and Manchester International Airport (MAN) will benefit over 400,000 people, boosting business connectivity between major cities.
Flights depart at 1805 and arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at 0645, initially transiting via Brussels. Return flights depart Addis Ababa at 0045 and arrive in Manchester at 0720.
Ethiopian, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline, will operate at least four weekly flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft will service the new route which becomes Ethiopian's second destination in the UK, in addition to its service to London.
The Ethiopian - Europe connection is expanding with the seven-times winner of "Best Airlines in Africa" award currently serving 51 flights a week in the region. It is on the verge of kicking off its operations in Moscow by 2019.
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr Tewolde GebreMariam commented, "It's a pleasure to be here this evening with you to celebrate an important milestone in our history, the opening of a second city in the UK, Manchester. We've been flying to London since 1973, more than 46 years, so we are not new to the UK market. But we are very happy to expand our services closer to the customer in Manchester now. Today we can travel the customer conveniently to 60 destinations in Africa with an immediate connection in our hub here in Addis... The connectivity we are establishing between Europe and Africa is facilitating trade investment, tourism and people-to-people ties."
On his part, Ethiopian's UK Country Manager Michael Yohannes said, "Along with the ten existing flights from Heathrow, the inauguration of a four weekly Manchester service makes Africa even more accessible along with some excellent connectivity from and to UK regional airports in conjunction with FlyBe, particularly Glasgow and Edinburgh."
The strategic plan of the airlines has overshadowed the efforts of fellow competitors in the aviation industry as it continues to conquer the skies. The new route should heap a hefty profit income for the national carrier and offer more business opportunities.
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