Fast expanding African carrier Ethiopian Airlines will start a new three times a week route to Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Indonesia from Addis Ababa on 17 July this year.
The airline says the new service will enable Ethiopian reach to all five of the most populous countries on earth as Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populated after China, India, and the US.
Ethiopian Airlines says it will deploy the modern Boeing 787-8 on the route. This week, it is also launched a new service to Manchester Airport.
Group chief executive officer, Tewolde GebreMariam said: “We are very happy to launch a direct service to Jakarta, the first direct connection between Africa and Indonesia and the first flights into Jakarta by an African carrier. Our new service will further cement our growing footprint in Asia and will enable us to remain the carrier of choice for travellers connecting between Africa and Asia.
“Indonesia is one of the most populated countries in the world with a fast growing economy and an emerging manufacturing hub. In the coming years, African and Indonesian trade, investment and tourism ties are set to grow in an exponential manner and our direct flights will make a significant contribution in the enhancement of Africa-Indonesia cooperation.
“We plan to increase our flights to dialy very quickly in line with our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap of connecting Africa with the major trading centers of the world thru our fast expanding global network.”