The traditional water cannon salute awaited Ethiopian Airlines’ arrival from Addis Ababa in Ndola, the capital of Zambia’s Copperbelt region. The country’s Transport and Communication Minister, Christopher Yaluma, commented during the ceremony: “The government will support Ethiopian Airlines as it has placed tourism high on the economic agenda. We expect new air services to not only spur creation of employment but also help us meet the Millennium Development Goals.”
- Ethiopian Airlines further strengthened its Addis Ababa (ADD) operation on 31 March, as it launched two African routes. Thrice-weekly services are now offered by the airline to both Blantyre (BLZ), Malawi’s centre of finance and commerce, and Ndola (NLA), the capital of Zambian copper-mining region of Copperbelt. Both destinations are operated as extension of existing services, via Lilongwe and Lubumbashi respectively. The airline’s 737 fleet is used to operate both routes.