BETTER CONNECTIVITY ACROSS ETHIOPIA AS NEW DESTINATIONS ARE LAUNCHED
(Posted 18th October 2016)
Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed the launch of two new domestic destinations, Dembi Dolo and Kebri Dahar.
The flights will be operated initially three times a week on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday and use a Bombardier Q400NG aircraft for the services.
Information at hand suggests that Ethiopian presently operates a network of 19 domestic destinations but has plans in place to raise this number to overall 26 in coming years to ensure better connectivity across the sprawling country by air.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of the airline, when making the announcement said, ‘Air transport being an essential public service, Ethiopian Airlines has been discharging its national obligation of providing critical air connectivity options and thereby catalyzing the nation’s Growth and Transformation endeavor. Moreover, with the opening of new universities parallel to the expansion of Industry zones across the country, the service will enable academicians, investors and others to enjoy prompt connectivity options to and from the points. This move will also give tourists the means to enjoy hassle free movement to and from more than 94 Ethiopian destinations globally‘.Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven distinct business divisions: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian Airlines registered an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.