January 13, 2020: Ethiopian Airlines is planning fly to three new Chinese destinations such as Chongqing, Shenzhen and Zhengzhou, Xinhua reported.
"Ethiopian and the Chinese government are working in collaboration to expedite the approval process and ET will start operation right away once it secures the permit," an Ethiopian Airlines official said.
Even the official added that ET plans to expand its current operations to China by increasing its flight frequencies to popular destinations such as Guangzhou to twice daily.
Ethiopian currently operates daily passenger flights from Addis Ababa to Guangzhou and Beijing and three-times-a-week passenger flights to Chengdu. Ethiopian Airlines has five cargo and passenger flight destinations in China - Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guangzhou. It was among the first African airlines to start flight services to China.
Ethiopian Airlines plans to increase the number of weekly flights to Chinese cities to 50, which is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2020.
Recently, Ethiopian Airlines has unveiled a series of measures to boost its presence in the Chinese market, which is already ET's single largest air market.