Cape Town: Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has announced that it has finalized preparations to start flights from Addis Ababa to Cape Town, as of 30 June, 2015.
Ethiopian Airlines announced in a statement. that, together with this new route, the airline will also launch a direct flight to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.
These new services will offer passengers greater choice and flexibility, besides facilitating trade, investment and tourism ties between Ethiopia and these two countries.
The airline will operate six scheduled flights to Cape Town. Flights will depart Addis Ababa on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 09:30, and arrive in Cape Town at 17:30. Returning flights will depart from Addis Ababa every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 23:30 and arrive in Cape Town at 07:50 the next morning.
Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said in the statement that “as a Pan-African airline working to bring Africa together and closer to the world”, the airline is excited to spread its wings to Cape Town and Gaborone.
“Our new flights to Cape Town and Gaborone will give our customers more numerous and convenient connectivity options when travelling within, to and from the continent. We will continue to extend our reach in our home market in Africa, with a view to supporting the continent’s socio-economic integration and development,” he added.
Ethiopian Airlines has been a pioneer of African aviation for close to seven decades. As an aircraft technology leader, it provided the first jet service on the continent in 1962. It is the fastest-growing and most profitable airline in Africa. In 2014, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) ranked Ethiopian Airlines the largest airline in Africa as regards revenue and profit. It commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 83 international destinations across five continents.