Ethiopian Airlines launches service between Manchester and Addis Ababa

The new service is set to benefit 400,000 travellers who currently access Africa via other routes

Ethiopia’s flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has launched its second connection to the UK. On 11 December, the airline inaugurated a four weekly service between Manchester and Addis Ababa.

For its second UK connection, Ethiopian will use an ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner —   stockphoto mania / Shutterstock Ethiopian Airlines launches service between Manchester and Addis Ababa
For its second UK connection, Ethiopian will use an ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner — Stockphoto Mania / Shutterstock

The new route operated by an ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner will broaden the options for people travelling to Africa and is set to benefit more than 400,000 travellers who currently access the continent via other means.

“We’ve been flying to London since 1973, more than 46 years, so we are not new to the UK market. But we are very happy to expand our services closer to the customer in Manchester now,” said CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam.

“Today we can travel the customer conveniently to 60 destinations in Africa with an immediate connection in our hub here in Addis. The connectivity we are establishing between Europe and Africa is facilitating trade investment, tourism and people-to-people ties.”

Ethiopian named Africa’s Leading Airline

Ethiopian Airlines claims to be the fastest expanding airline in Africa. “In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success,” the carrier says.

Recently, Ethiopian has gained the prize of Africa’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards for 2018.

The carrier has been opening new routes, including to Europe, which it is currently serving with 51 flights a week. Ethiopian is also finalising preparations to start services to other European countries, including Moscow.

“I would think of Ethiopian Airlines as a symbol of Ethiopia,” Susanna Moorehead, Ambassador of the UK to Ethiopia.

“The inaugural flight to Manchester is a strong symbol of the depth and breadth of the relations between Ethiopia and the UK.”