ETHIOPIAN Airlines is to begin flying to Aminu Kano International Airport as from May 24 as part of its ongoing expansion into the Nigerian market that has seen it already present along three Nigerian routes.
Rated as Africa’s fastest growing and most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to Lagos, Abuja and Enugu, Making Kano the fourth airport it operates at. With the start of operations to Kano, Ethiopian Airlines will be offering 20 weekly flights to and from Nigeria, availing seamless and convenient connectivity options for the travelling public to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
In particular, passengers from Northern Nigerian will be able to enjoy best possible connections, with minimum layover in Addis Ababa, to Ethiopian Airlines’ extensive network. this covers destinations such as Jeddah, Dubai, Cairo, Khartoum, Beirut, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Riyadh and Mumbai.
Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines’ chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to reinstate our flights to Kano, which will greatly benefit the travelling public of northern Nigeria. Ethiopian Airlines has an unwavering and proven commitment to the Nigerian travelling public.
“For close to 55 years, we have been providing reliable and world class service to Nigeria, long before any other foreign airline. As a truly
indigenous pan-African carrier, we consider our flights to Nigeria and elsewhere in our great continent as part our responsibility to contribute to the development of Africa and to serve as a critically essential vehicle for the flow of investment, trade, tourism, and job creation.”
Kano will be the carrier’s 49th African and 81st international destination and will enhance Ethiopian Airline’s status as a global Pan-African company serving five continents. It operates over 200 daily flights and uses the latest technology and environmentally-friendly aircraft such as Boeing B777s and B787s.
Mr Gebremariam added that the company is grateful to the brotherly people and government of Nigeria for their continued support for its operations. Ethiopian Airlines is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centres.
Source: Nigerian Watch