Ethiopian Airlines to launch seven new destinations in 2017

Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017

ethiopianairlinesExpanding its network, Ethiopian Airlines plans to launch seven new destinations within five months in 2017, of which three are in Africa.


In a media statement, the national flag carrier, said hat it would new services to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore.


These new routes will be in addition to Ethiopian’s existing services from Addis Ababa to 98 other international destinations across the world, the statement quoted Group Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam as saying.


“As the largest airline group on the continent, we are highly concerned over the low base of air connectivity in the continent and we are setting record expansion to enable Africans to enjoy safe, reliable and economical air connectivity both within the continent and between the continent and the rest of the world,” he added.


Despite the current economic slowdown, especially in oil-dependent economies in Africa, the airline firmly believed that Africa would become a magnet for foreign direct investment (FDI), trade and tourism, which are the engines of air travel growth, he said.


The national carrier envisages reaching 120 international destinations worldwide by the year 2025.


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