Ethiopian Airlines has finalised all preparations to launch a direct thrice weekly flight to Turkey’s new hub Istanbul Airport from 1 April, 2019.
The route will operate three times a week and it will be the African carrier’s 19th destination in Europe and brings the number of passenger flights the airline operates to European cities to 57 per week.
Group chief executive officer, Tewolde GebreMariam said: “It gives us great pleasure to launch flights to Istanbul, connecting Europe’s largest city to the over 60 African destinations we serve, through our hub Addis Ababa.
“Turkey being one of the fastest growing countries among the emerging economies, availability of seamless connectivity options will facilitate the channeling of investors and enhance business ties between the two regions.
“As we forge ahead on the path of growth and success as envisioned in Vision 2025, we will keep opening new routes to all corners of the world bringing Africa ever closer to the rest of the world.”
Ethiopian now serves 119 international destinations across five continents with young aircraft with average fleet age of five years.