Ethiopian Airlines sets new record; spreads wings to 7 new destinations over H1FY2017
Jan 17, 2017: In keeping with its vision of reaching 120 international destinations by 2025, the airline announced the launch of seven new destinations within five months of 2017.
Touted as the biggest expansion in the carrier’s history, Ethiopian looks to launch new service to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore (Singapore). With the addition of these new destinations, Ethiopian will service 98 different international cities.
Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “Africa’s share of the global aviation is the smallest which is only around 3 percent. As the largest airline group in the continent, we are highly concerned on the low base of air connectivity in the continent and we are setting record expansion to enable Africans enjoy safe, reliable and economical air connectivity both within the continent and between the continent and the rest of the world.”
GebreMariam added, “Looking beyond the current economic slowdown especially in the oil export dependent economies of Africa, we firmly believe that the continent will become the magnet for foreign direct investment, trade and tourism, which are the engines of air travel growth and in turn efficient air connectivity also drives socio economic development and we are happy to contribute our share in the 21stCentury African Transformation.”
In the calendar year 2016, Ethiopian launched flights to Moroni (Comoros), WindHoek (Namibia) and Newark (United States) along with three cities in Ethiopia: Hawassa, Kebridahar and Dembidolo.