On 2 June, Vienna Airport welcomed the inaugural flight of Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa with a special ceremony, including a cake and the traditional ribbon cutting. This airport pair will be operated four times weekly, utilising a mixed fleet of the carrier’s 767-300s and 757-200s.
- Ethiopian Airlines, which in the previous week added its fourth destination in Nigeria, continued to expand its international network with the addition of a new service from its Addis Ababa (ADD) hub to Vienna (VIE) on 2 June. The 4,815-kilometre sector to the Austrian capital will be served four times weekly, utilising a mixed fleet of the Star Alliance member’s 235-seat 767-300s and 171-seat 757-200s. The services continue onto Stockholm Arlanda. There is no competition on the new airport pair, which marks the carrier’s ninth destination in Europe. Commenting on the route launch, Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian, said: “We are very happy to spread our wings to Vienna, which is one of the most popular convention and conference centres in Europe. In addition to serving the growing travel needs between Vienna and Africa, we will be able to offer efficient connections between Africa and Central, Eastern Europe in cooperation with our Star Alliance partner, Austrian Airlines. Europe, which is still the largest trading partner of Africa, is an important region for us.” See how Vienna Airport’s FTWA compares to other airports in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition.