Ethiopian Airlines to commence direct flight to DR Congo’s Goma

Published on : Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines'Ethiopian Airlines will commence direct flight to Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), beginning this Friday.

 

 

The national flag carrier said in a statement in Addis Ababa Wednesday that service to Goma would be its third destination in the DRC, after Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, and would be operated three times a week.

 

 

”As a truly indigenous pan-African carrier, we consider our flights to the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere in our great continent as part of our responsibility to contribute to the development of Africa,” Ethiopian Airlines chief executive officer Tewolde Gebremariam said.

 

 

He added that Ethiopian wished to serve as a critically essential vehicle for the flow of investment, trade, tourism, and job creation opportunities to the continent.

 

 

Ethiopian will be the first airline to start scheduled flights to Goma, which will become the airline’s 52nd African and 91st international destination.

 

 

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Aviation Academy in Addis Ababa graduated 155 aviation professions on Tuesday. They included 19 pilots, 49 aviation maintenance technicians, 42 cabin crew and 45 marketing trainees.

 

 

Academy Director-General Samuel Assefa said the academy had equipped the graduates with sufficient knowledge to qualify them in their careers as aviation professionals. The academy is currently training aviation professions from 40 African countries and has so far trained about 2,000 pilots, cabin crew and marketing trainees.

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