Ethiopian restructures US route network

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Ethiopian Airlines has restructured its US route network for this summer – switching a route from Los Angeles to Houston, adding frequencies and shifting gateways.

The carrier said Washington D.C. flights will be increased from daily to 10 weekly flights. The new additional three flights will pass thru Abidjan (Ivory Coast) departing from Addis Ababa in the morning and arriving in Washington D.C. in the evening.

The current three weekly flights to Chicago will be increased to five weekly flights. From the planned daily flights to New York, four will be served via Lomé (Togo) to Newark and three will be via Abidjan to JFK airport.

Lastly, there will be a new gateway, Houston, which will replace Los Angeles, and will be served three times per week via West Africa.

The new Houston flights will be the only connection between Houston and Africa and will facilitate the travel of the huge African community in the Houston area, and oil and other companies doing business in the continent.  Flights will be served with a Boeing 787.

Ethiopian Airlines group chief executive officer, Tewolde GebreMariam said: “The US is among our most important markets owing to the presence of a large African community and growing business and tourism ties with Africa.

“Our new route structure with additional frequencies to multiple gateways and the opening of new route to Houston are aimed at responding to the market demand and availing best possible connectivity to over 60 African destinations.

“In line with our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, we will keep on expanding our US and African network so as to facilitate people-to-people ties and the flow of investment, trade and tourism.”

Ethiopian Airlines, has been expanding its international destinations which have now reached more than 119. Manchester, Moscow and Mogadishu are just some of the new destinations launched recently.