Ethiopian airlines plan to broaden operations in India
Published On 13 Feb, 2018


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Africa’s largest and fastest growing airlines on the continent, Ethiopian Airlines, are planning to broaden its operations in India. The carrier at the moment is operating 28 weekly passenger flights in double dailies from Delhi and Mumbai to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. The airline currently operates four weekly cargo flights to India.

“But we are planning to expand frequency and destinations in India. In addition to Delhi and Mumbai, we will have some more Indian destinations on our network very soon. It will happen this year,” said, Kirubel Shitahun, Traffic & Sales Manager for North India, Ethiopian Airlines.

“Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Chennai are the likely destinations expected to come on Ethiopians’ India network,” he informs.

Ethiopian boasts of the biggest market share for Africa out of India, With 55 destinations on its African network from its hub in Addis Ababa, “Because we have the best connectivity in Africa. Besides, Ethiopia is geographically located at the centre of the world and that means we can cover the whole world in 10 hrs flight, every direction. That is one of our competitive advantages. So we are the best in terms of offering connectivity to not only Africa but also the rest of the world,” Shitahun said.

With the largest network presence on the African continent to boast of, the airline has also positioned itself as the network carrier and is eyeing to grow its share of Indian traffic for its onward network from its hub in Addis Ababa.

“We are dedicatedly working on growing network traffic. Ethiopian Airlines is the gateway for Indians to Africa. We have to cover whole of India by all means,” he said.

The statement according to him indicates the Ethiopian’s expected network expansion in the coming months that will make it more attractive to Indian passengers. At the moment Ethiopian’s primary access to passengers from other India cities is through codeshare with Indian Airlines.

Ethiopian airline is readying to commence operation to ten new destinations in the coming months, informs Shitahun. Recently the airline announced the commencing operation to Chicago and starting from June 2, 2018, US from Addis Ababa. Chicago will be the fourth destination on Ethiopian’s US network. Other destinations that Ethiopia currently flies to on its US network are Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

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